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Re: non-text content

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 22:27:42 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0504212225220.12222@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> I like the direction here.     But we need to handle
>
> 1- content includes structure so the word "content" is problematic here.

There is lots of unstructured content, like plain text (though structure 
can be inferred there, as I have explained to this list before) and the 
Working Group's eternal bugbear, images. Images have and are content, you 
know.

> 2- ascii (or Unicode) art.

That's such an extraordinarily rare edge case that I wonder if those who 
keep bringing it up are living in 1997. ASCII art needs, at minimum, a 
skip link.

> Some believe structure is not information - others worry that if you 
> remove structure from, say, a table, its meaning changes.  That would 
> indicate that you removed information necessary to understanding of the 
> content.  It may be information about information but it has semantic 
> content.

To a user agent, yeah.

>   * non-text information - information that is not represented by a Unicode
>      character or linear presentation of Unicode characters

Oh?

What about a picture of text? Banning those is a non-starter.

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