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RE: alternative content for cognitive disabilities

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 06:38:52 -0400
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To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@opendesign.com>
Cc: Paul Bohman <paulb@cpd2.usu.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Charles, The summary needs to be oresented with the page illustrations,
especially the topical illustration. 


At 10:29 PM 4/22/01 -0400, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>Another possiblity for an assistive technology is one that looks for the
>"summary" which is in metadata, or is linked by metadata, and presents that
>instead of the original page, or before the original, or as well as...
>This can be done using the Annotea system developed at W3C pretty readily.
>Hopefully I will get time to produce an example next week.
>On Fri, 20 Apr 2001, Cynthia Shelly wrote:
>  AP: If it's not visible, to whom is it useful anyway?
>  CS: It can be used by assistive technologies designed for this group of
>  users, much like alt text is used by screen readers.  Alt text is not
>  normally visible either, but it is standardized metadata (of a sort) that
>  works with the assistive technology used by blind users -- the screen
>  reader.
>  One possible assistive technology would be browser add-on that showed the
>  summary instead (or ahead) of the non-alternative content.  Hidden metadata
>  about a page can also be used by search engines and indexing services, so
>  that you could, for example, search for information about George Washington
>  written to a 3rd grade reading level.  Another browser add-on could
>  automatically filter all searches for appropriate reading level.  I'm sure
>  there are others too, but you get the idea.
Anne Pemberton

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