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RE: Glossary "non-text content" Small Nit

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 09:43:43 -0500
Message-ID: <6EED8F7006A883459D4818686BCE3B3B021A0141@MAIL01.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Johannes Koch" <koch@w3development.de>, "WAI WCAG List" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

I think this thread began as a discussion about how to define non-text
content for the purposes of WCAG 2.0. I think there was an unspoken
assumption that the problem has to do with non-text content as it is
rendered for users, rather than with the form in which such content is

Does that distinction make sense? Can we focus on a glossary definition
that will help developers and other readers of WCAG 2.0 understand when
something qualifies as non-text content (and is thus within the scope of
Guideline 1.1)?


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Subject: Re: Glossary "non-text content" Small Nit

Richard Ishida wrote:
>> I cannot understand this.  Images and binary content are transferred 
>> as bytes, but not Unicode characters, surely.

Chris Ridpath wrote:
> Images and binary content are usually send as ASCII characters. Weird 
> eh?
> Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the MIME standard: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIME

In MIME, yes. But this is Web Content Accessibility, not Email 
Accessibility. However, there may be situations when binary data are 
stored as characters, Base64 encoded, e.g. when using the data URL
Johannes Koch
In te domine speravi; non confundar in aeternum.
                             (Te Deum, 4th cent.)
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