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Re: Including content modes in 4.1

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 13:52:56 -0400
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To: Adam Victor Reed <areed2@calstatela.edu>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
I'm not sure why I addressed you by your middle name when I wrote this. 
???  ahhh, the wonders of the mind.
Sorry about that.

At 08:49 PM 7/18/01 , Wendy A Chisholm wrote:
>As I understand the specific issue that Lisa raises, there are two types 
>of Hebrew, one with vowel marks and one without.  If someone is presented 
>Hebrew without vowel marks, they might not be able to read it (either 
>through a processing disability of their own or their user 
>agent's).  Therefore, we want to suggest using Hebrew with vowel marks.
>One way to generalize this is to say
>"use fonts, languages, API's, and protocols..."
>"use character encodings, languages, API's, and protocols..."
>"use character sets, languages, API's, and protocols..."
>This is based on my understanding of these documents:
>"content mode" seems too general a term and one that I do not see used in 
>the Internationalization documentation on the W3C site. 
>I also think that we might be able to include this as an example of 
>selecting which (markup) language to use - assuming that with SVG and 
>future support of styling languages one could select or create a Hebrew 
>font with vowel marks over one without.
>Regardless, this is a good example to add as part of the rationalization.
>At 08:59 PM 5/18/01 , Adam Victor Reed wrote:
>>I suggested the addition of content modes to Gudeline 4.1 as a
>>possible way of dealing with the vowel mark problem in Hebrew and
>>Arabic, which was brought to our attention by Lisa Seeman (vowel marks
>>are required to support screen reading in user agents, and for
>>accessibility to people with limited reading ability.) If there
>>is no objection, I would like to see Gudeline 4.1 updated as follows:
>>4.1 Choose content modes, languages, API's, and protocols that support
>>the use of these guidelines.
>>         Content modes (e.g. Hebrew with and without vowel marks,)
>>         markup languages, multimedia formats, software interface
>>         standards, etc., vary in their support of accessibility. When
>>         choosing which technologies and content modes to use, consider
>>         how easy it is apply these guidelines. Where feasible, favor
>>         content modes and technologies that:
>>         * support assistive technology in user agents;
>>         * permit equivalents to be associated with or synchronized
>>           with auditory, graphical, and multimedia content;
>>         * allow the logical structure of the content to be defined
>>           independently of presentation;
>>         * support device-independence;
>>         * are documented in published specifications and can be
>>           implemented by user agent and assistive technology
>>           developers.
>>                                 Adam Reed
>>                                 areed2@calstatela.edu
>>Context matters. Seldom does *anything* have only one cause.
>wendy a chisholm
>world wide web consortium
>web accessibility initiative
>seattle, wa usa
>tel: +1 206.706.5263

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
seattle, wa usa
tel: +1 206.706.5263
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