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From: Boland Jr, Frederick E. <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:02:16 -0400
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fyi Best Tim Boland NIST

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From: Richards, Jan [jrichards@ocad.ca]
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 10:11 AM
To: Boland Jr, Frederick E.
Subject: RE: fyi - discussion in WCAG on -web-content

Hi Tim,

Sure, thanks for asking.

And I would add that I think the issue of whether the file is at a URI or local is a bit of a red herring since it’s very possible to have an HTML website in a local folder for local offline use.

...and the Excel application...is definitely capable of being a web content Authoring Tool (as per ATAG2).

Cheers,
Jan

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(Mr) Jan Richards, M.Sc.
jrichards@ocad.ca | 416-977-6000 ext. 3957 | fax: 416-977-9844
Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) | http://idrc.ocad.ca/
Faculty of Design | OCAD University

From: Boland Jr, Frederick E. [mailto:frederick.boland@nist.gov]
Sent: May 20, 2011 9:58 AM
To: Richards, Jan
Subject: RE: fyi - discussion in WCAG on -web-content

Thanks so much for your insights.  Is it OK to forward this message on to Loretta (for contribution to WCAG discussion)?

Best, Tim

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From: Richards, Jan [jrichards@ocad.ca]
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:00 PM
To: Boland Jr, Frederick E.
Subject: RE: fyi - discussion in WCAG on -web-content
Hi Tim,

Thanks for the heads up...

My 2-cents are that it depends. Excel docs are best considered web content when they include images, media, links to other resources etc.

As you may know, we (the IDRC) did a project to produce guidance on how to produce accessible office documents. Here’s the overview: http://adod.idrc.ocad.ca/overview

In it, we had to figure out where to make a reasonable split between web content and office document content. Here’s what we came up with:

The ADOD Assessment Framework specifically targets office documents, which are defined as computer documents that are:

 *   Intended to be used by people (i.e., not computer code),
 *   Text-based (i.e., not simply images, although they may contain images),
 *   Fully printable (i.e., where dynamic features are limited to automatic page numbering, table of contents, etc. and do not include audio, video, or embedded interactivity),
 *   Self-contained (i.e., without hyperlinks to other resources unlike web content), and
 *   Typical of office-style workflows (Reports, letters, memos, budgets, presentations, etc.).

That said, it doesn’t really matter too much since our ADOD assessment framework was just a subset of WCAG 2.0 anyway.

Cheers,
Jan

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(Mr) Jan Richards, M.Sc.
jrichards@ocad.ca | 416-977-6000 ext. 3957 | fax: 416-977-9844
Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) | http://idrc.ocad.ca/
Faculty of Design | OCAD University

From: Boland Jr, Frederick E. [mailto:frederick.boland@nist.gov]
Sent: May 19, 2011 4:13 PM
To: Richards, Jan
Subject: fyi - discussion in WCAG on -web-content

There is an interesting discussion going on in WCAG WG list currently about definition of web content/web resource/user agent, in the context of Excel spreadsheet (is Excel –web-content)?.
There is a lot on the GL mail list recently on this..  I mention this because may have relevance to/implications for ATAG (and previous AUWG discussions), and Jutta is mentioned in one of the posts I think.

Just thought you might want to know.. hope I’m not violating any confidences, but the GL list I think is public..
Thanks Tim
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