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Re: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 13:53:57 -0500
Message-ID: <36F691C5.6AEFC70@w3.org>
To: "Cohen, Aaron M" <aaron.m.cohen@intel.com>
CC: "'Warner ten Kate'" <tenkate@natlab.research.philips.com>, Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>, Philipp Hoschka <ph@w3.org>, dd@w3.org, symm@w3.org, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Cohen, Aaron M wrote:
> 
> Perhaps a list of specific do's and don't would be useful.
> 
> For example, the priority 1 problem you mention often occurs when color is
> used as a referent, as in:
> "Please select an item from those listed in green".
> 
> This problem is easily avoided by using additional referents or leaving out
> the color referent:
> "Please select an item from the 'Expensive' category, listed in green".
> -or-
> "Please select an item from the 'Expensive' category".
> 
> Colors as sole referents are defintely a candidate for the "don'ts". There
> are probably many variations of this.

I will add a word about this in the Techniques document.

 - Ian


> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Warner ten Kate [mailto:tenkate@natlab.research.philips.com]
> > Sent: Monday, March 15, 1999 4:23 AM
> > To: Charles McCathieNevile
> > Cc: Ian Jacobs; Philipp Hoschka; dd@w3.org; symm@w3.org;
> > w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> > Subject: Re: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
> >
> >
> > Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> > >
> > > There is a Priority 1 problem here where someone sends a
> > message where the
> > > colour is critical, and you are reading it in monochrome or
> > via  text to
> > > speech. I got an email like that yesterday - I couldn't
> > deduce what they
> > > meant without colour.
> >
> > Agree, priority is 1 in the crucial case.
> > I tried to show there are cases where color isn't crucial.
> >
> > To me, the guideline isn't specific in defining when color
> > is crucial/essential/criticial and when it is not. That's
> > left to the subjective judgement of the author. So, our aim
> > is to find a wording where the author receives more guidance.
> >
> > Perhaps the creation of awareness on the issue is already sufficient.
> > Or, rather then refining the guideline wording or labeling
> > the priority index, adding more explanation and description
> > on what/how a disabled person perceives a Web page, is providing
> > the thing needed. Examples/use cases are the things which can do
> > that job.
> >
> >
> > Warner.
> >

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