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Re: Conformance Ideas -- Collection #1

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 11:16:49 -0000
Message-ID: <015f01c150b3$e48e8cc0$ca969dc3@emedia.co.uk>
To: "GLWAI Guidelines WG \(GL - WAI Guidelines WG\)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
>          I'm still unclear who the audience is for the conformance
claims.
> If the user has to go to the page (which may be inaccessible to
him/her),
> and has to find a logo and click on it to find out which checkpoints
were
> skipped so he/she can't use the page, is this of any help to the user?

I would imagine that a user would use a User Agent, which could at the
very least allow them to query the links within the current page for
which are accessible to various categories.  This means that if they are
on an accessible page to them, then they'll know which links, they can
visit.  This is simply implementable on top of IE5 for example, so UAs
based on that aswell as any future UAs can have this easily.

This would mean that existing search engines, as long as they are
accessible can be used, and the results filtered against the
accessibility requirements, wholly clientside which would mean no need
for any modification of the search engines, which is perhaps unrealistic
to expect for some time.

>          Which search engines are capable of reading metadata and
conveying
> the information to the user?

I know of none, certainly none which have indexed a sufficient amount to
be useful.

>          Consider a user who needs illustration to understand text? How
> will the conformance claims help such a user locate a bank, for
instance,
> that uses illustrations in to guide user through the desired banking
steps?

I believe the only practical solution would be to search for all banks,
and then filter these against the appropriate conditions.

Jim.
Received on Tuesday, 9 October 2001 07:22:35 GMT

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