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

RE: Sv: Question from Last Week's WCAG Teleconference

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 13:01:02 -0700
Message-Id: <>
To: Cynthia Shelly <cyns@whatuwant.net>
Cc: "'love26@gorge.net'" <love26@gorge.net>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 12:02 PM 10/26/2000 , Cynthia Shelly wrote:
>As I have said before, customized user interfaces based on user-selected preferences are not pie in the sky.  They can be built with today's technologies.  It's not even hard.   
>    * put your content in a database (or XML)  
>    * build several templates, one for each interface you want to expose  
>    * use a form to gather user preferences  
>    * use client or server script to save those preferences to a cookie (or database record indexed by a cookie)  
>    * use server script to select the appropriate template based on the saved preferences  
>    * use server script (or XSLT if you like) to assemble a page combining the content from the database with presentation from the selected template. 
>    * put a link to the preference-gathering form somewhere visible, so users can change the preferences when they want to.
Cynthia is correct.  This can be done now, as she describes it. 

(Actually, there are a few extra steps in there but I am reluctant to say
a lot more as they are part of Edapta's product strategy and competitive
advantage! :) )

>  I'm guessing that a lot of Edapta's value-add is in determining the set of preferences (Kynn, feel free to correct me). 

Mmmmaybe. :)  Okay, you got me on that one.


Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                    http://kynn.com/
Director of Accessibility, Edapta               http://www.edapta.com/
Chief Technologist, Idyll Mountain Internet   http://www.idyllmtn.com/
AWARE Center Director                      http://www.awarecenter.org/
What's on my bookshelf?                         http://kynn.com/books/
Received on Thursday, 26 October 2000 16:20:08 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0+W3C-0.50 : Monday, 7 December 2009 10:47:07 GMT