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Re: PRI - 12 Accessibility in Applets

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 12:18:37 -0400 (EDT)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <po@trace.wisc.edu>
cc: "GL - WAI Guidelines WG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9904261217300.4686-100000@tux.w3.org>
I agree with this suggested resolution.

Charles McCN

On Mon, 26 Apr 1999, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

  ISSUE - 12:
  An AC Member thought that there was a topic missing in the guidelines. They
  felt that for applets it would also be nice to see a statement something
  like:
  
  "Only use technology that provides an Accessibility API to build applets
  from. This way assistive technologies are able to access the information
  contained in them."
  
  They felt that this way accessibility sensitized designers would have some
  guidance on what to look for in the technology the applet is to be based on
  and a user won't be forced to use some alternative to the applet when
  running in a browser that is able to display an applet.
  
  They noted that this did place a requirement on the user to have an
  assistive technology that is compatible with the Accessibility API but that
  that was something beyond the scope of these guidelines.
  
  
  PROPOSED RESOLUTION:
  This is covered in Guideline 8 which states
  
  8.1	Make programmatic elements such as scripts and applets directly
  accessible or compatible with assistive technologies [Priority 1 if
  functionality is important and not presented elsewhere, otherwise Priority
  2.]
  
  Using an Accessibility API can be discussed in the Techniques document as a
  strategy for doing this.
  
  
  SPECIFIC WORDING:   No Change proposed to Guidelines doc itself.
  

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