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RE: Adding a "summary of the issues" section

From: Judy Brewer <JBrewer@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 09:52:26 -0500
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To: Gregg Vanderheiden via Post Office <po@trace.wisc.edu>
Cc: "'Jason White'" <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>, HTML Guidelines Working Group <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
JB:  I think this is an interesting point.  Many people who are potentially
interested in these guidelines really don't know about the assistive
technologies involved, but would like to.  This goes among the "most
frequently asked" questions I get.  Even two sentences introducing adaptive
computing, combined with links to more info, would give people somewhere to

At 10:35 PM 2/4/98 -0600, Gregg Vanderheiden via Post Office wrote:
>Jason wrote:   Is there a need to introduce a section in the appendix of
the guidelines
>which briefly introduces assistive technology for the benefit of HTML
>authors who, for the most part, would be unaware of its nature and
>function in enabling people with certain types of disabilities to access
>the web?
>Hmmmm.   we are trying to keep the guidelines short.   should this go in
the central reference doc or the level 2 doc instead?
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>-----Original Message-----
>From:	Jason White [SMTP:jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU]
>Sent:	Wednesday, February 04, 1998 4:17 PM
>To:	HTML Guidelines Working Group
>Subject:	Adding a "summary of the issues" section
> Further, such an explanatory section could briefly outline the
>"universal design" idea and emphasise the broad range of devices which
>people may choose to use, whether due to a disability or other
>circumstance, as an interface to the web. Gregg wrote an excellent paper
>on this subject which appears in the electronic proceedings of the WWW6
>conference. Although I would not consider a detailed discussion of these
>issues to be appropriate in the guidelines, a few paragraphs of
>explanation would surely be helpful, especially if it is expected that the
>page author guidelines will proceed to W3C recommendation status without
>the central reference document's becoming a W3C recommendation
>simultaneously with them.
>My specific proposal would be: divide the current appendix into four
>separate appendices. Three of these comprise the present Appendix, with
>checklist, acknowledgments and references; but a fourth gives a brief
>introduction to the issues for authors who are unfamiliar with the
Judy Brewer   jbrewer@w3.org     617-258-9741
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative International Program Office
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
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