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RE: what to advice java script html creator

From: Kasday, Leonard R (Len), ALTEC <kasday@att.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 18:41:43 -0500
Message-ID: <c=US%a=_%p=ATT%l=NJC240PO04-980220234143Z-12225@njb140bh3.EMS.ATT.COM>
To: "'Multiple recipients of list JAVA-ACCESS'" <JAVA-ACCESS@JAVASOFT.COM>, "'cltrar@login.dknet.dk'" <cltrar@login.dknet.dk>
Cc: "'oppermann'" <chuckop@MICROSOFT.com>, "'wai-interest-group-post'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
This is a response to a question on the java-access list about access to
javascript.  Since javascript is quite distinct of course from Java,
I'm cross pointing it to the Web access interest group where related
topics come up.  I'd suggest moving it to the IG list if it continues.
 
I'm especially interested in what Chuck Opperman or someone else has to
say about this from the Microsoft perspective, and what anyone from
Netscape would have to say from the Netscape perspective.

Chuck (or other Microsoft person)
:
As I understand it, Microsoft is saying that an advantage of  DHTML over
Javascript is that it is a complete object model: every object on the
web page is accesible to the DHTML.  With active accessibility (AA),
does this mean that a screen reader with active accessibility read the
page after DHTML has updated it?  

I'm asking first in principle, and also in practice, if any current
screen readers can do it.

If  DHTML with AA  can do it,. and if Netscape's javascript can't.. then
the advice, at least in the interim, would be to switch to DHTML and
MSIE.  Please note the "if's" in the previous sentence!

Plus, if there's someone from Netscape listening, would you give your
perspective?  My knowlege of DHTML vs Javascript is extremely limited
and perhaps I am not correctly characterizing DHTML vs Javascript.

Thanks.

Len


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>From: 	Claus Thoegersen[SMTP:cltrar@login.dknet.dk]
>Sent: 	Friday, February 20, 1998 5:10 PM
>To: 	Multiple recipients of list JAVA-ACCESS
>Subject: 	what to advice java script html creator
>
>Hi,
>
>I have come across a very speech unfriendly web page, that I really
>would like to get access to. When reviewing the html I found out that
>nearly all code was in the head of the html and that most of it
>looked like a programming language. When you enter the page you are
>asked to use Netscape 3.0 to take advantage of the frames and java
>script used on this page. How do I advice the webmaster to make this
>site more accessable. Of course I can ask for a version of the site
>without java and frames, but I would also like to be able to give
>some ideas to how the current page with java can be made more
>accessable. Is the simplest thing just to make the webmaster aware of
>www.sun.com/access.
>
>Regards
>
>Claus Thøgersen
>
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