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Re: Accessible Organization Charts

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 02:21:41 -0400 (EDT)
To: Tyler Kendall <tyler_kendall@ncsu.edu>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0109050218310.23755-100000@tux.w3.org>
If it is really tree-like information, then XML is an ideal way to encode it.
You might like to use SVG to provide pictures and words together, in a way
that can use CSS to present the thing in a text view.

An example of this (but for a diagram of a network) is provide in the Note
Accessibilty Features of SVG - http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG-access

Or you might provide an XSLT transformation to produce HTML output.

I haven't done one of those yet, although it is on my "to-do" list.


Charles McCN

On Tue, 4 Sep 2001, Tyler Kendall wrote:

  Hello all,

      Recently, I was asked to come up with an accessible way to provide
  my organization's 'org chart' on-line.  Traditionally, these charts have
  been put in PDF format, but (obviously) that poses barriers to some

      I've whipped up a simplified (and fictional) version of what came to
  mind and would love some feedback (either off-list or on) on the
  effectiveness of this solution.  Any advice on better ways to do this
  would also be appreciated.  The page is:


      This question, I think, is bigger than just org charts.  Perhaps a
  broader way to phrase it is:  How do you best linearize tree-like

  Thanks in advance!


  Tyler Kendall
  Web Accessibility Specialist
  North Carolina State University
  Voice: 919-513-4087
  Fax: 919-513-1893
  Email: tyler_kendall@ncsu.edu

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