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RE: John's proposed wording for Principle 4

From: Neil Whiteley <neil.whiteley@tag2.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 20:34:58 +0100
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
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Hi Wendy,

Yes, sorry, missed that one.

<Wendy>
I thought Christophe made a good observation about our definition of
"technology" [1] and I wrote a proposal to incorporate that [2]:  "Content
is able to work with current and future user agents, including assistive
technologies."
I haven't seen discussion of it. Are we totally off or did people miss it?

[1] <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2005JulSep/0102.html>
[2] <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2005JulSep/0101.html>
</Wendy>

Also, Tim Boland wrote:

<Tim Boland>
Why not just eliminate the distinction between "current" and "future", and
just mention "technologies" in general?
[snip]
What specifically does it mean for content to "work" with a technology?
</Tim Boland>

Taking everything in to account, #4 could be written:

4. Content is compatible with developing user agents.

Using *compatible* in its computing sense meaning "able to be used together
with, or substitution for, another piece of software or hardware". 

*developing* covers user agents that already exist in some form irrespective
of their current state of development but does not exclude any future user
agents as they will become applicable as soon as they exist.

*user agent* being used to include assistive technologies as defined
elsewhere.

Thoughts?
Neil.
Received on Monday, 18 July 2005 19:35:27 GMT

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