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RE: Multiple versions of a page

From: phoenixl <phoenixl@sonic.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 19:29:46 -0800
Message-Id: <200203250329.g2P3TkUp007829@newbolt.sonic.net>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

My suspicion is that there might be two or three main categories of
versions of web pages.  One useful approach would be for authoring
tools to keep enough information to automatically generate these various
versions of a web page.

For web pages which are generated dynamically as needed, the issue of
content being updated becomes more an issue of updating the data storage
which is used for providing the information for the web pages being


> This probably already is included in the second point of your agenda, but I 
> would add to the list as a reminder that we should also examine the use of 
> good techniques for storing and updating the content and keeping track 
> which data is related so that it becomes less easy to update content in one 
> version and forget to update it in another. For instance, the content 
> should be taken from the same source whenever possible for all the versions 
> and CSS and different transformations e.g. table linearizer may be used to 
> modify the presentation and interaction if needed. Furthermore, if sound 
> track is replaced the designer should be warned to check the accuracy of 
> related captions and if an image is replaced the designer is given the 
> places referring to it in the main text body that should be checked. In 
> these cases the user writing the document has defined (hopefully with a 
> good tool) which caption is related to which soundtrack or which places in 
> the text explain the image.
> Always providing one version where the maximum amount of interaction 
> flexibility (for all disabilities) is available is probably a good idea. 
> The user can then optimize it himself or herself with some fine tuning as 
> users do right now. The other versions mainly provide selected user groups 
> an easy, ready made optimization.
> Marja
Received on Sunday, 24 March 2002 22:29:48 UTC

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