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Fwd: Re: Request for Review

From: Nir Dagan <nir@nirdagan.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 15:40:19 -0500
Message-Id: <200003092037.PAA09912@vega.brown.edu>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
>Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 15:06:46 -0500
>To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>, WAI AU Guidelines <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
>From: Nir Dagan <nir@nirdagan.com>
>Subject: Re: Request for Review
>This message is sent only to AU although it is an answer to a cross post.
>Major comments:
>I think the exact purpose of these templates and style sheets should
>be clarified. For example I use very different style sheets for the pages 
>that I author and for my user style sheet. This is because I expect all 
>kinds of markup from arbitrary pages, while my own pages have a very 
>predictable (to me) structure.
>With an authoring tool, I would expect to have a notion of 
>a website or project, in which the set of HTML templates is 
>tied to a limited number of style sheets. 
>It is desirable to have different alternative style sheets with 
>respect to a fixed set of HTML templates, emphasizing the benefits 
>of separating content and structure from presentation.
>Also style sheets can be made more general (applicable to more template sets)
>by restricting selectors to be only applied to things that have predefined 
>semantics such as HTML elements. If you use classes, it would be desirable to have 
>a description of the meaning of each class in some document.
>Other comments:
>The style sheet uses "font-size: 9pt" which is an authoring 
>guideline no no.
>The classes "hide" and "right" are based on presentation rather than 
>content or structure, which may be considered bad style as far 
>as separating presentation from the HTML markup.
>Maybe it would be better to use XHTML as this is 
>the latest W3C recommendation.
>At 01:47 PM 3/9/00 -0500, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>>The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines group, as part of the development
>>of our techniques document, is working on the development of accessible
>>template pages for authoring tools.
>>We would like the WCAG and ER groups to review these templates for
>>accessibility (and offer them for reference examples...) to ensure that we
>>are meeting the standards to the highest possible level.
>>The goals of the templates are to be as accessible as possible, and to be
>>viable examples for real authoring tools to use. They should therefore
>>transform graceful as far as possible.
>>The first set of templates is now available:
>>http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU/WD-ATAG10-TECHS-20000308/templates/cmnMain - A "home
>>http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU/WD-ATAG10-TECHS-20000308/templates/cmnNews - A
>>latset news / events page
>>http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU/WD-ATAG10-TECHS-20000308/templates/cmnStyle.css -
>>the stylesheet for these pages
>>Charles McCN
Nir Dagan
Assistant Professor of Economics
Brown University 
Providence, RI

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