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Re: WCAG meeting

From: Marti <marti47@mediaone.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 04:36:43 -0400
Message-ID: <000e01bfa523$687faf20$f2a0f7a5@computer>
To: <love26@gorge.net>, "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Although Guuideline 5 is the only one that actaully directly references a
'technique' - table use is the point that I generally have most problem
explaining to designers. Perhaps this needs to be clarified in Guideline
3 -(proper use of Markup) and 5 should deal with data presentation methods.
Regrets for todays meeting.
Marti


> In terms of generalization I've always had trouble with the selection of
> one particular representational mode as a major focus: tables. A table
> is much like any means of presentation of underlying data, i.e. it is
> largely designed for ease of use by eyeballs. There is no singularity
> separating tables from bar charts, pie graphs, or any X-Y presentation
> of data that lends itself to that. In short the important consideration
> is that the content (raw data points) is separable from its
> presentation. I believe that the guidelines at their highest level of
> abstraction should deal with that and not with tables used as format vs.
> tables used as "tables". The latter are just a means of presenting
> underlying data to people of the retinal persuasion. Deal with all such
> issues in some technique/example space but the focus needs to be on
> maintaining access to the content, never mind what the author thinks is
> best for the reader.
> --
> Love.
>             ACCESSIBILITY IS RIGHT - NOT PRIVILEGE
> http://dicomp.pair.com
>
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