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Re: EDITS: "Reduce Site Maintenance"

From: Chuck Letourneau <cpl@starlingweb.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 14:59:28 -0400
Message-Id: <5.0.0.25.2.20030521134826.00bb4f70@host.igs.net>
To: "Charmane K. Corcoran" <corcora1@msu.edu>, w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Hi Charmane,

I like the approach you have taken to this section.  Without (I hope) 
changing your style I offer the following slight rewordings for discussion:

In the second sentence of the introductory paragraph, I would add the word 
"savings" (but perhaps it is redundant in this context):
"This efficiency may be reflected in manpower and direct cost savings to 
the organization. "

Bullet 1:

   *  Update and redesign time may be reduced by using an appropriate 
existing markup language to style and format text, formulae and images 
instead of using difficult to modify bitmaps. (Checkpoint 3.1)

Perhaps the above change is a bit too jargony, but I think it comes closer 
to the original intent of  Checkpoint 3.1.  (In spite of the fact that 
there are people out there who think fiddling with bitmaps is much simpler 
than debugging CSS.)

Bullet 2:

   *  Writing documents that follow a published formal grammar and 
identifying it by including a DOCTYPE statement will facilitate efficient 
debugging with automated validation tools. (Checkpoint 3.2)

This slight rewording makes the statement clearer (to me, at least).

Bullet 3: looks fine to me.

Bullet 4:

You (and Henk?) ask whether "mobile" should modify "devices" in the last 
bullet. I don't think so, because they might not be mobile.

You ask if "repackaged" should be "repurposed".  I have eight English 
language dictionaries in my house but not one of them contains 
"repurposed".  Granted, they're more than 8 years old.  Is "repurposed" a 
word anywhere other than in W3C circles?  Isn't "repackaged" easier to 
translate? (And, yes, I'm being hypocritical because I do use "repurposed" 
all the time... jargon is seductive.)

I also agree with you that adding that list of W3C technologies is useful here.

   *  The latest versions of W3C technologies (such as MathML, XHTML, XML, 
RDF, SMIL, CSS, XSL, XSLT, and PNG) have accessibility features built 
in.  Using them facilitates web content repackaging to suit different 
displays, browsers, and devices without the need to create additional 
reformatted pages. (Checkpoint 11.1)

Regards,
Chuck Letourneau

Starling Access Services
"Access A World Of Possibility"

At 2003-05-20 13:30, Charmane K. Corcoran wrote:
>Greetings,
>
>Suggested rework of "Reduce Site Maintenance" from "Technical Factors for 
>Consideration in a Business Case for Web Accessibility" at 
><http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/bcase/tech.html>http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/bcase/tech.html 
>
>
>I specified the technologies in the last bullet because most people won't 
>have a clue what technologies you are talking about.  At least this way 
>they have a starting point and search out info on the technologies easily.
>
>"The latest versions of W3C technologies ....have accessibility features 
>built in" came from 
><http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-CORE-TECHS/#access-reviewed>http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-CORE-TECHS/#access-reviewed 
>Is this accurate?
>
>Like Henk, I wonder about including the word "mobile" with devices.  I am 
>also wondering about using "repurposed" instead of "repackaged" in the 
>last bullet item.
>_____________________
>
>Reduce Site Maintenance
>Implementing relevant WCAG design techniques may reduce time spent on site 
>development and maintenance. This efficiency may be reflected in manpower 
>and direct cost to the organization.
>
>   *  Update and redesign time may be reduced by using style sheets, 
> appropriate existing markup language, or text in place of images. 
> (Checkpoint 3.1)
>
>   *  Writing documents and identifying the published formal grammar by 
> including a DOCTYPE statement will facilitate efficient debugging with 
> automated validation tools. (Checkpoint 3.2)
>
>   *  Controlling layout and presentation through a style sheet allows 
> changes to affect the entire website at once rather than repeating the 
> identical change in separate files. (Checkpoint 3.3)
>
>   *  The latest versions of W3C technologies (such as MathML, XHTML, XML, 
> RDF, SMIL, CSS, XSL, XSLT, and PNG) have accessibility features built 
> in.  Using them facilitates web content repackaging to suit different 
> displays, browsers, and devices without the need to create additional 
> reformatted pages. (Checkpoint 11.1)
>
>
>Charmane K. Corcoran
>Information & Project Principal
>Michigan State University
Received on Wednesday, 21 May 2003 14:59:30 GMT

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