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Re: Checkpoint 3.4 again

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 08:11:44 -0400
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To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, Joe Clark <joeclark@contenu.nu>, Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

         The addition of metadata for elements in a page suits well my way 
of thinking. It helps fulfill the concept of "element" on a page ... Yes, 
it would be nice if a search engine would pick up the metadata of page 
elements and provide a link to that place on the page ...


At 12:26 AM 7/29/01 -0400, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
>At 5:34 PM -0400 2001/7/28, Anne Pemberton wrote:
>>         No matter the arguments presented, text is an element on a page, 
>> no more, and no less. It needs an equivalent. Does the equivalent need 
>> to be a graphic? No, but a graphic is probably the easiest to do, other 
>> than a sound file of someone reading the text. Animations and multimedia 
>> can also be equivalents to text .... Wendy has suggested that links 
>> could be illustrations, so a link could be the equivalent of a block of 
>> text if the link leads to something that illustrates the text ...
>Another good approach to "alternatives for text" is to provide valid
>keywords -- not just for the entire page, but metadata that applies only
>to a particular section as well.  (Note to self:  Recommend this to WAI
>PF for XMLGL consideration.)
>Using those keywords, an indexed library of graphics, and a reasonably
>intelligent keyword-matching algorithm, you could probably get some
>good alternative content.  This could be done in-browser, on the
>server, or via a proxy.  Note that it's not quite the same as relying
>on "text", as the keywords are just a textual -expression- of a
>particular idea, and the actual output to the user could be in a
>variety of forms, including graphical.
>(For fun, imagine if you will a proxy which scans the keywords and/or
>content and matches them against an indexed library of background
>sounds -- under user control, of course.  This could provide a sense
>of "tone" to a page analogous to color choices in visual design.)
>Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
>Technical Developer Liaison
>Reef North America
>Accessibility - W3C - Integrator Network
>Tel +1 949-567-7006

Anne Pemberton

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