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Meaning of "recognition by user agents"?

From: <boland@nist.gov>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 11:27:02 -0500
Message-ID: <1133800022.43946a56cea0f@webmail.nist.gov>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

Do we need more specification of exactly what is meant by "recognition by user 
agents" in the context of the following proposed redefinition and of the 
purposes for WCAG2.0?  Does such recognition only imply that the user agent can 
measurably distinguish an element and/or attribute from other content, or be 
able to determine (for example) that the element is in fact a "title" element 
(and any implications of the word "title"),  or something more?    What is the 
desired "level" of recognition for the proposed redefinition for WCAG's 

Thanks and best wishes
Tim Boland NIST

         Quoting "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>:

> > Bruce, would this sort of edit address your concerns?
> Yes.
> > There *would* be a tradeoff -- the Guidelines document would become
> somewhat longer.
> The length issue is more of concern for the checklist, IMHO.
> Can we replace:
> can be recognized by user agents, including assistive technologies, that
> support the technologies in the chosen baseline 
> With just:
> can be recognized by user agents, including assistive technologies
> It would seem to me that the reference to baseline is redundant, but a
> helpful addition to the glossary.  It seems safe to me to omit from
> guidelines and success criteria.  If so, now we are down to just an extra
> fifty (or so) words.
> > It would be a little trickier for the other two.
> Agreed, but I think this approach is on the right track.  In either case, one
> can argue that you have made an improvement over the 508 equivalent
> "identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology".
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