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RE: Report on WCAG2 comments relating to cognitive, learning, and language disabilities

From: Sean Hayes <Sean.Hayes@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 08:26:14 +0000
To: Hiroshi Kawamura <hkawa@rehab.go.jp>, Hiroshi Kawamura <hiroshi@kawamura.name>, Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>, Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>, Sofia Celic <Sofia.Celic@visionaustralia.org>, Jan Dekelver <jan.dekelver@khk.be>, Chuck Hitchcock <chitchcock@cast.org>, Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>, Clayton Lewis <clayton.lewis@colorado.edu>, Gian Sampson-Wild <gian@tkh.com.au>, Keith Smith <k.smith@bild.org.uk>, Roberto Scano <rscano@iwa-italy.org>, Lisa Seeman <lisa@ubaccess.com>, Stephen Shore <Tumbalaika@aol.com>, Nancy Ward <nward@thedesk.info>, Paul Bowman <pbowman@gmu.edu>, John Slatin <jslatin@mail.utexas.edu>, Elbert Johns <ejohns@thearclink.org>
CC: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>, WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
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This kind of messaging requires pre-awareness training, so that an iconic representation will suffice when the emergency occurs.

Exit signs in buildings, air-raid sirens, police sirens etc. are all instances of this. It's no good trying to work out what the message means when you receive it - the response has to be Pavlovian and immediate.

Sean Hayes
Standards and Policy Team
Accessible Technology Group
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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Hiroshi Kawamura
Sent: 14 March 2007 00:01
To: Hiroshi Kawamura; Loretta Guarino Reid; Jonathan Chetwynd; Sofia Celic; Jan Dekelver; Chuck Hitchcock; Gez Lemon; Clayton Lewis; Gian Sampson-Wild; Keith Smith; Roberto Scano; Lisa Seeman; Stephen Shore; Nancy Ward; Paul Bowman; John Slatin; Elbert Johns
Cc: Gregg Vanderheiden; Michael Cooper; Judy Brewer; Loretta Guarino Reid; WCAG
Subject: Re: Report on WCAG2 comments relating to cognitive, learning, and language disabilities

Dear all:

This is to supplement my contribution on "disaster use case".

When it comes to web-based early Tsunami warning or other disaster warning system, accessibility and comprehension is crucial to protect the lives of readers of the web contents. Just think about it is streamed video contents with potentially dangerous area maps which is not legible with tiny mobile phone screen.
Everybody requires either nonvisual alternatives or simplified graphics which is legible even on the small screen that is associated by exact language for instruction to the audiences in dangerous areas. The language part need to be as clear as possible, e. g. YOU MUST EVACUATE TO A PLACE HIGHER THAN 20 METERS FROM THE SEA LEVEL NOW!
The sentence in capital letters above need to be understood clearly and immediately. A "power card" type web contents with synchronized audio and simple graphics will help everybody including persons with cognitive disabilities, in this use case, need to be accommodated by alternative graphical expression including symbols such as "emergency exit" or "tsunami evacuation route".
This is applicable for Hurricane and other disasters, and of course cruicial for survival of individuals with disabilities including cognitive disabilities as well as people with different language and culture.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Loretta Guarino Reid" <lorettaguarino@google.com>
To: "Jonathan Chetwynd" <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>; "Sofia Celic"
<Sofia.Celic@visionaustralia.org>; "Jan Dekelver" <jan.dekelver@khk.be>; "Chuck Hitchcock" <chitchcock@cast.org>; "Hiroshi Kawamura"
<hkawa@rehab.go.jp>; "Gez Lemon" <gez.lemon@gmail.com>; "Clayton Lewis"
<clayton.lewis@colorado.edu>; "Gian Sampson-Wild" <gian@tkh.com.au>; "Keith Smith" <k.smith@bild.org.uk>; "Roberto Scano" <rscano@iwa-italy.org>; "Lisa Seeman" <lisa@ubaccess.com>; "Stephen Shore" <Tumbalaika@aol.com>; "Nancy Ward" <nward@thedesk.info>; "Paul Bowman" <pbowman@gmu.edu>; "John Slatin"
<jslatin@mail.utexas.edu>; "Elbert Johns" <ejohns@thearclink.org>
Cc: "Gregg Vanderheiden" <gv@trace.wisc.edu>; "Michael Cooper"
<cooper@w3.org>; "Judy Brewer" <jbrewer@w3.org>; "Loretta Guarino Reid"
<lorettaguarino@google.com>; "WCAG" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 12:47 AM
Subject: Report on WCAG2 comments relating to cognitive, learning, and language disabilities

> The attachment to this email contains a report on the proposed
> responses to the comments received relating to cognitive, learning,
> and language disabilities. We will be discussing these at our meeting
> on Tuesday, March 13. Details on the meeting logistics will be sent in
> a separate message.
> Thanks,
> Loretta
Received on Wednesday, 14 March 2007 08:26:41 UTC

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