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Re: Clarification of checkpoint 7.4 (also known as: calling all volunteers)

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 15:50:01 -0400
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To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Cc: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>

>If the specification says "provide the ability for users to update pages
>manually" then compliant browser behavior is:
>The page updates when
>  the user updates it manually, or
>  the system updates it automatically,
>whichever comes first.
>Enabling manual update does not ipso_facto disable automatic update.  If
>the automatic updating is required to be inhibited, we have to say so.


>Sorry to be obscure.  The dated information I was thinking about is a
>document or record that states "as of [date] we assessed the availability
>of this function in browsers, and as of that data they don't do this enough
>to remove the 'until user agents' contingency."  The idea is that
>statements to the effect that "Browsers do X" or "Browser's don't do X"
>that should have a data or validity date associated with them.
ahhh yes.  The dream document...the holy grail. <grin/>

I agree that this info is totally necessary because without it authors keep 
recreating the wheel and taking a lot of time to make things work OR give 
up trying. We started to capture this info with the (sorely out of date and 
sparse) User Agent Accessibility Page [1] but it's a lot of 
work.  Hopefully we'll be able to glean info from the UA group or else a 
service like the HTML Compendium or WebReview will keep this info up to 
date so we can refer to it.  Unless....

Do we have volunteers who want to help document this stuff??  I'll help 
anyway I can if someone has the drive to shepherd this.  It really needs to 
be done. A lot of the info is out there but someone needs to fill in the 
missing accessibility bits.  I expect this person would be a good liaison 
between the UA working group and the WCAG working group.

thoughts? suggestions? volunteers?

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/WAI-UA-Support
wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
madison, wi usa
tel: +1 608 663 6346
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