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Re: Question on content relevance

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 10:36:11 -0500
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To: Adam Victor Reed <areed2@calstatela.edu>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Excellent point! After we specify that illustrations should be there, we
can tackle helping authors determine how to do it well ...


At 07:01 PM 3/29/01 -0800, Adam Victor Reed wrote:
>I joined this list recently, so please be gentle with me if this is
>a topic that was already discussed here.
>Non-text illustrations (particularly in instruction manuals, or on web
>pages that deliver the user interface of a hardware, software, or
>service system) often contain many details that are not relevant to
>the task at hand. This irrelevant content will distract or disable
>some users, and will slow down, to the point of interfering with
>productivity, many more. I remember (from my days at Bell Labs) a
>documentation guideline to use line drawings, with relevant
>information only, rather than photographs (which tend to include
>irrelevant detail) as illustrations in technical manuals.
>Two questions:
>1. Is minimizing irrelevant detail something that should be explicitly
>included in the (upper case G) Guidelines?
>2. Is this a valid concern with respect to checkpoint instructions?
>For example, should one be concerned that the "all" in "a text
>equivalent for _all_ non-text content" will lead developers to include
>irrelevant elements of illustrations in the replacement text?
>				Adam Reed
>				areed2@calstatela.edu
>Context matters. Seldom does *anything* have only one cause.
Anne Pemberton

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