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Re: Web Authoring Tools that are Both Accessible and Produce Accessible Content

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 10:01:13 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Gerald G. Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0005090958050.16544-100000@tux.w3.org>
Amaya is the W3C's test-bed authoring tool / browser. It is designed to be a
browser that lets you edit (like the original WWW tool). It is an open source
project, with a small team (about 3) of W3C staff working on it. It
implements HTML, much of CSS1, XHTML, a fair amount of MathML, an
experimental version of an XML vector graphics language, and a few other
things. We are working on the accessibility of AMaya - there is still a way
to go, and anyone who wants to work on programming is welcome to help...

CHeers

Charles McCN

On Tue, 9 May 2000, Gerald G. Weichbrodt wrote:

  Hi Bruce.  I think I saw mention of Amaya on the W3C web site, but I was
  amused that I couldn't seem to find information on just what an Amaya was or
  what it was supposed to do -- just some stuff about bug fixes.
  
  Really, I'm pretty happy with FrontPage, and I'm glad I am since it ain't
  exactly cheap.  Still, I'm interested in what's out there and what might be
  effective tools for the future.  Is Amaya a full-fledged
  authoring/publishing/maintenance tool? and what makes this particular mouse
  trap different from the others <grin>?
  
  Thanks,
  Jerry
  
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "Bruce Bailey" <bbailey@clark.net>
  To: "Gerald G. Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>;
  <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
  Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 4:20 PM
  Subject: RE: Web Authoring Tools that are Both Accessible and Produce
  Accessible Content
  
  
  > Dear Jerry,
  >
  > I am delighted to hear that FP is accessible, even if the pages it
  produces
  > leave something to be desired.
  >
  > One problem FP shares with most other graphical editors is that it will,
  > without warning, delete and/or reformat code you put in by hand.  There is
  > no satisfactory way to defeat this behavior.
  >
  > Of course, a the whole point of such a tool is that one should NOT need to
  > know HTML!  I don't think it unreasonable that such a package be
  accessible,
  > nor is it unreasonable to expect such a tool to produce valid and
  minimally
  > accessible code!
  >
  > It will probably be a few years before Microsoft offers such a product.
  >
  > Have you tried Amaya?
  
  

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