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Re: Proposal: Delete SC about contracted words

From: Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG <rscano@iwa-italy.org>
Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 19:23:18 +0200
Message-ID: <002c01c445a1$a5a32440$87161997@iwars>
To: "Roberto Castaldo" <r.castaldo@iol.it>, "'WAI-GL'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Yep... I agree too

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roberto Castaldo" <r.castaldo@iol.it>
To: "'WAI-GL'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 7:09 PM
Subject: R: Proposal: Delete SC about contracted words

Good point, Yvette

You're right, I agree with your proposal

My best regards

Roberto Castaldo
Coordinatore www.Webaccessibile.Org
W3C WAI WCAG ed E&O WGs Member
Cell 348 3700161
Icq 178709294

-----Messaggio originale-----
Da: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] Per
di Yvette P. Hoitink
Inviato: venerd́ 28 maggio 2004 11.59
Oggetto: Proposal: Delete SC about contracted words

Dear fellow group members,

Currently, we have guideline 3.1, level 3, SC 1:
The meaning of contracted words can be programmatically determined.

I think this is already covered by other guidelines and propose to
this SC. In level 2, SC 2 of the same guideline, we require:
A. The meanings and pronunciations of all words in the content can be
programmatically located.

Since contracted words are still words, this SC requires their meaning
be programatically located, though there may be multiple meanings for

In level 3, SC 2, of the same guideline, we require:
B. Where a word has multiple meanings and the intended meaning is not
first in the associated dictionary(s), then additional markup or another
mechanism is provided for determining the correct meaning.

Combining A and B allows you to determine the meaning of contracted
Therefore, I propose to delete the success criteria about contracted

It may be that I'm unaware of an important accessibility barrier with
contracted words that I don't do justice with this proposal. If so,
let me know what I'm missing. I have asked for examples that show
accessibility problems with contracted words but haven't seen or heard
that clarified the specific accessibility problems with them for me. I
understand that obscure contractions may be hard to understand, but
true for difficult uncontracted words as well and is why we require that
can programmatically locate the meaning of every word at level 2.

I prefer it if we formulate our SC in broad terms ("word with multiple
meanings") that are applicable to different linguistic features rather
trying to provide a specific SC for every single linguistic feature that
might cause accessibility problems.

Yvette Hoitink
Heritas, Enschede, the Netherlands
E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
WWW: http://www.heritas.nl
Received on Saturday, 29 May 2004 13:23:28 UTC

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