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RE: Javascript alternatives not necessary?

From: Roberto Scano (IWA/HWG) <rscano@iwa-italy.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 07:51:54 +0200
To: <rfentres@vt.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20040721014993.SM08812@Inbox>

Depends about how we consider it.
If we consider it "web content", like we must do in WCAG, must be accessible independently to os, browser and input devices.
If we consider it "application" there are different requirements (also ISO 16071 talk about these) and, if we want to refer to WCAG, we must to refer principally to WCAG 1.0, checkpoint 8.1: it must be usable with assistive technologies.
Btw, Flash and other applications that use MSAA are accessible only on windows platform. 
I see that a lot of products, like Jaws, are based on MSAA: shall Mac / Linux adopt this "de facto" standard?
This is a problem for web content? Would WAI create a working group for make AAAG (applications accessibility API guidelines) for define a new "standard"?

----- Messaggio originale -----
    Da: "Fentress, Robert"<rfentres@vt.edu>
    Inviato: 20/07/04 22.23.49
    A: "w3c-wai-gl@w3.org"<w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
    Oggetto: RE: Javascript alternatives not necessary?
    So an accessible application that only ran on the Windows platform wouldn't be accessible?  It may not be cross-platform, but does that make it, ipso facto, inaccessible.  Couldn't you just say that users must access the resource on IE on a PC?  Certain flash movies could almost be viewed as applications that happen to run in a browser, and these are just not cross-platform applications, at least in terms of accessibility.  Ideally, web resources should be cross-platform, but they are not always, sometimes for very practical reasons.   I don't feel comfortable ruling out Flash as inaccessible, just because it isn't accessible on every platform.  In many cases, it provides functionality that simply cannot be replicated in more accessible ways, and certainly cannot be replicated with just text.
    -----Original Message-----
    From:   Lee Roberts [mailto:leeroberts@roserockdesign.com]
    Sent:   Tue 7/20/2004 3:35 PM
    To:     w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
    Subject:        RE: Javascript alternatives not necessary?
    First and foremost, prove to me that Flash works on
    anything other than Microsoft platforms.
    It does not work on Mac or Linux.  Therefore it is not
    accessible and therefore must have a text alternate
    version.  Don't confuse yourselves with propaganda.
    Lee Roberts

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