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RE: Baseline capabilities

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2000 14:02:37 +1100 (EST)
To: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.10.10010201352360.12191-100000@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Yet another alternative, distinct from those mentioned by Charles at the
teleconference, would be to allow content developers to decide which
technologies to support, on the basis of whatever considerations they
think relevant, but subject to the condition that they may not use
features or implementation strategies which are completely unsupported by
adaptive technologies, user agents or access-related tools. Specifically,
only what is completely unimplemented and has no support whatsoever in
user agents, assistive technologies and access tools would be excluded by
this criterion. The WCAG Techniques would document (1) which standard or
specification, including the version number, each technique relies on; and
(2) whether there is known to be an implementation of the relevant
feature or features that would enable the technique to be applied in
practice. Details of what software packages implement a given feature
could also be supplied. Content designers would then be free to choose the
extent of their support for backward compatibility, and when to adopt
newer standards and technologies.

Note: I am not necessarily supporting this position but merely explaining
it for the purpose of having a range of alternative proposals available
for consideration.
Received on Thursday, 19 October 2000 23:02:45 UTC

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