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RE: a question of scripts (this time completed)

From: Denise Wood <Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 03:36:33 +0930
Message-ID: <E1962E8F1DF0D411878300A0C9ACB0F9024636F8@exstaff4.magill.unisa.edu.au>
To: "'Jim Thatcher'" <jim@jimthatcher.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Thanks for this information. It is very timely as I am endeavouring to bring
our programmers up to speed about the issues relating to accessibility of the
online materials they develop. Your web site provides tangible examples that I
am sure will assist the programmers in interpreting the guidelines in a
meaningful way. 

I would be interested in your comments or the suggestions from anyone else
about how we can provide alternatives to interactive components developed in
JAVA or other scripting (could be Flash etc) that are designed to either test
students' understanding of the impact that changes in variables have on what is
essentially graphic information, or that allow them to explore these concepts
by changing variables themselves and viewing the results. We have many requests
like these - particularly in the engineering, satellite communications and
economics fields. This URL is from a web site that provides one example of the
sort of application our academic staff are requesting:

There are probably ways of writing a text alternative that explains what
happens to the shape of a graph etc if certain variables change, or
alternatively, asks students to input a descriptive answer to a text based
question. However, this would add to the complexity of the task for a student.
Furthermore, there are some modules that use graphical information - such as
satellite communications - that would seemingly be impossible to describe. Any
suggestions will be greatly appreciated because this is becoming a recurring
problem facing our programmers and they are struggling to find ways of meeting
the demands for such interactive applications and still ensuring the web sites
they develop are compliant.


Dr Denise L Wood
Lecturer: Professional Development (online teaching and learning)
University of South Australia
CE Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Thatcher [mailto:jim@jimthatcher.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 24 October 2001 1:14 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: a question of scripts (this time completed)

Hi John,

When I was working on a 508 web accessibility tutorial a few months back I
was asking the same kind of question on this list and others. I think there
is not a lot of definitive information out there. I tried to put together
what I found on JavaScript in the tutorial at

Accessibility Consulting

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of John Morse
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 3:23 AM
To: 'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'
Subject: re:a question of scripts (this time completed)

Apologies if this questions has been asked already,
I tried to search the archives but failed :(

I have a query about Scripting, more precisely JavaScript and how different
voice browsers interpret inline JavaScript functions
and linked JavaScript source.

am I safe to embed JavaScript logic client side or should I use a linked
file to fire off my functions, or does it make no difference what so ever?

your input appreciated,

Im off to go write of ' I must finish my emails before hitting ctrl enter'
1000 times on the black board


John Morse
Technical Strategist
Euro RSCG Circle
100 Victoria Street
Bs1 6he
p : 0117 311 7770
m:07776 226520

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