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Re: Authoring tool content distortion

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 16:46:26 -0500 (EST)
To: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>
cc: <w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0102191640000.22339-100000@tux.w3.org>
This would be a specific violation of ATAG chackpoint 1.2 Ensure that the
tool preserves all accessibility information during authoring,
transformations, and conversions. [Priority 1]


I realise this isn't proof against it, but Tool developers should be aware of
this anyway. It is a major concern in marketing terms too - most Tools now
have been designed to provide clean round-trip of source.

For a tool that doesn't support EARL the assertions may no longer be relevant
- this is why we wanted to have a way of saying that assertions are about a
particular version of a document (via a checksum or something).


On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, Harvey Bingham wrote:

  I am concerned that an authoring tool may alter a document that was
  prepared using a different authoring tool. This alteration may include
  only what it understands, and extend content to what it feels
  is needed. In this process any accessibility assertions may disappear.

  Regards/Harvey Bingham

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