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Re: side by side text

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 19:22:06 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@acm.org>
cc: WAI ER group <w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org>, WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0009251920110.20892-100000@tux.w3.org>
I think this should be asked of WCAG - so I have forwarded it to them and
request it be discussed at the earliest possible opportunity on the agenda.

Charles McCN

On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, Leonard R. Kasday wrote:

  A number of guidelines require workarounds "until user agents" do certain 
  things.  For example
  in http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/WAI-UA-Support it says
  Checkpoint 10.3
  Checkpoint text:
  Until user agents (including assistive technologies) render side-by-side 
  text correctly, provide a linear text alternative (on the current page or 
  some other) for all tables that lay out text in parallel, word-wrapped columns.
  Status: IBM's Home Page Reader in combination with Netscape Navigator (4.5, 
  Win98) and Henter Joyce's JAWS in combination with Microsoft Internet 
  Explorer (4.0 and higher, Win98) are instances of a browser and assistive 
  technology combination that can linearize a table. Opera (3.6, Win98) 
  allows a user to linearize tables. Lynx (2.81, Unix) renders tables by row. 
  Silas' Gateway and other tools being developed by the ER Working Group 
  [ER-IG] allow users to linearize tables. However, only Microsoft Internet 
  Explorer (4.0 and higher, Win98) with HelpDB and WWW with EmacsSpeak allow 
  a user to navigate within and between the cells of a table.
  Does this mean that we no longer need at linear text alternative?
  Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
  Institute on Disabilities/UAP and Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Temple 
  (215) 204-2247 (voice)                 (800) 750-7428 (TTY)
  http://astro.temple.edu/~kasday         mailto:kasday@acm.org
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  The WAVE web page accessibility evaluation assistant: 

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