W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-gl@w3.org > January to March 2000

Re: is this the best approach?

From: Marti <marti47@MEDIAONE.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 15:28:45 -0500
Message-ID: <010701bf7f05$bff790e0$ea50da18@ne.mediaone.net>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Wendy A Chisholm" <wendy@w3.org>

In general I think this is a great idea. I do wonder how much influence we
could really have on others documentation. This week I started my action
item by reading what Adobe had to say at http://access.adobe.com and
ell,  - hmm I guess I better not say most of what I am thinking.

> I'm working on my action item from last week: what should we incorporate
> from the SMIL access note into a SMIL module for the techniques document.
> The SMIL access note is very well written.  I compared it to the SMIL 1.0
> spec.  The spec describes accessibility all over the place.  I like that
> the SMIL note brings it into one place and creates a context for
> But, what are authors really going to use?  I think they will use the
> tutorials that are pointed to from the SMIL page.  The two that I looked
> do not mention accessibility.  They don't even use the word "caption" and
> leave out the system-caption attribute where they mention the other system
> attributes.
> yikes.
> The authoring tools working group is working with companies to incorporate
> accessibility into existing tools.  The user agent working group is
> with companies to incorporate accessibility into existing user agents.
> perhaps our job is to work with documentation developers to incorporate
> accessibility into existing documentation?
> look at the effort it takes, not only for us but for authors, to create
> own documentation:
> 1. we have to learn about, write, test and maintain the techniques in our
> own documents.
> 2. we have to raise awareness that the documents exist.
> 3. authors have to learn from one source what to do, then *unlearn* many
> those things when they come to our stuff.
> 4. our stuff is a separate thing.  it requires an author to read more than
> one document.  is that likely to happen?
> The Guidelines need to exist because AU and UA point to them.  They
> establish a good baseline that techniques, from a variety of sources, can
> point to. It is a great work (that still needs some polishing).  But I'm
> wondering if instead of putting our effort into creating all these new
> techniques modules, perhaps we would get more bang for the buck if we
> worked with existing documents to incorporate accessibility.
> Then our techniques document would be lists of pointers to examples,
> tutorials, and other documents whose authors we have worked with to
> accessibility.
> thoughts?
> --wendy
> --
> wendy a chisholm
> world wide web consortium
> web accessibility initiative
> madison, wi usa
> tel: +1 608 663 6346
> /--
Received on Thursday, 24 February 2000 15:32:36 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:33:31 UTC