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Re: Informative (non-normative) explanation to accompany guidelines

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@access.digex.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 13:55:20 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199810261855.NAA11459@access5.digex.net>
To: jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU (Jason White)
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
I think that we need to try to meet this need with references to
the greatest extent possible.


to follow up on what Jason White said:

> Earlier in the development of the guidelines, there was some discussion of
> including an informative explanation which would outline, in general
> terms, the different types of hardware and software that may be used in
> accessing the web, and their implications for the design of content.
> Such an explanation might help to avoid some of the understandings which
> have been discussed on the list recently, with regard to the inherent
> universality of properly structured and marked up text, the need for
> device independence with respect to controls that require user input, the
> requirement that textual alternatives be provided as substitutes for
> controls that obtain user input, and the importance of presenting
> important information statically, through standard mechanisms, thereby
> avoiding the difficulties associated with client-side dynamism.
> A brief explanation and rationale, in an informative appendix, would do
> much to clarify the guidelines for the benefit of the uninitiated.
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