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Re: A "one size fits all" personalized web page?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2000 23:11:10 -0500 (EST)
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <jay@peepo.com>
cc: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>, A.Flavell@physics.gla.ac.uk, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0001032307340.27232-100000@tux.w3.org>
Jonathan has once again pointed out where I need to do more work.

SOmeone with Cognitive difficulties may indeed wish to produce content, and
should be guided through the process by their tools in such a way that they
don't need to read the below techno-babble, but can still make an accessible
page. As it happens I suspect somebody with conitive difficulties is not gong
to be helped by being told that they should produce a database-backed system
and design multiple representation formats for different user requirements,

In fact XML will allow somebody to encode all the information they want
directly. However it is not always easy to design an XML application
(although there is probably a lot of room left for making simpler
explanations that can be used by ordinary people...)

Charles McCN

On Mon, 3 Jan 2000, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:

  Unfortunately I have to agree with scott on this.
  (i have sent various other emails concerning this, however thay are being
  diverted to DD.)
  You are requiring too much of the author, and imho xml is a pap for the same
  to quote charles:
  You should look through the HTML specifcation for
  the attributes title, rel, and class in particular, and for elements such as
  blockquote, samp, cite (also an attribute) which are designed to code
  specific types of semantics (the class mechanism allows for the general
  encoding of semantics).
  someone with cog-dif or not may wish to author pages on sports.
  they will generally know if they are talking cows or bulls.
  expecting them to cope with the above techno-babble is a non-starter.
  hence my views on xml.

Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org    phone: +61 409 134 136
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