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Are we there yet on 10.3 word wrapped columns of text?

From: <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 10:05:56 -0600
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <85256746.0058A08A.00@d54mta08.raleigh.ibm.com>


After attending CSUN and walking the show floor, it appeared to me that
most, if not all platforms had user agents and/or assistive technologies
that provided a linear text alternative for all tables that layed out text
in parallel, word-wrapped columns.  Please understand, I don't think we are
there yet on navigating tables, and we still need the table header markup
and checkpoints under "if you use tables".   I was just very curious if
anyone new of a platform that did not support access to word-wrapped
columns.  By platform I mean like OS/2 has a screen reader that works well
with Lynx, and the combination provide access to word wrapped columns, DOS
as a platform has a screen reader and browser that handles word-wrapped
columns of text, and of course the Windows platform has solved the problem
and is quite competitive.  So, are we there yet?

Reference guidelines glossary
"Until user agents ...
In most of the checkpoints , content developers are asked to ensure the
accessibility of their pages and sites. However, there are accessibility
needs that would be more appropriately met by a user agent or assistive
technology. Unfortunately, not all user agents or assistive technologies
provide ...
How will content developers know when most user agents or assistive
technologies meet specific needs? The W3C WAI will make information about
support for accessibility features available from its Web site (either
directly or by providing links to the information). Content developers are
encouraged to consult this information regularly for pertinent updates. "

If we are there, perhaps this is a good candidate to provide information
for a "pertinent update".

Again, if anyone knows of a platform that does not support access to
word-wrapped columns - please reply.

Phill Jenkins
Received on Thursday, 1 April 1999 11:08:24 UTC

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