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Re: Screen Enlargement Software

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 16:25:37 -0500
Message-Id: <a06001f8abc2e01ab6dbe@[]>
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

>It appears that the web reading capabilities of WYNN does not read 
>alt tags nor does it seem to support the label element that we 
>discussed yesterday.
>Would we consider the browser capabilities in WYNN to be a "user agent"?

Please exercise caution in asking this question. WCAG WG has a 
documented history of custom-crafting its recommendations to suit the 
peccadilloes of specific user agents. Anything Jaws can do, for 
example, the Working Group wants to write actual guidelines for, even 
if they are farcical and betray the Working Group's complete 
ignorance of the Web (as in extracting links and headings). Or if an 
element or attribute isn't supported by another indulged product, IE 
on Windows, it is deemed not to be "widely" supported.

Don't give the Working Group another Freedom Scientific product to 
spend months coming up with cockamamie ideas to accommodate. If 
anything, this "user agent" should be deemed broken if it can't even 
support alt text.

     Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org | <http://joeclark.org/access/>
     Author, _Building Accessible Websites_ | <http://joeclark.org/book/>
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