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RE: Information on accessibility issues of XFORMS

From: Pedlow, Robert <Robert.Pedlow@team.telstra.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 10:34:17 +1100
Message-ID: <D87AF408A2E5D511832A00805FBE1FB3766B25@ntmsg0097.corpmail.telstra.com.au>
To: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Having started this thread let me backtrack & provide a little context. 
I lead a small accessibility group in Telstra - Australia's major telco.
Our group provides advice on accessibility issues to the business.
Both aspects raised are in fact relevant to the task I have of formulating
advice for the business i.e.I agree entirely with the concern about not
using a technology now which will
exclude users with disability at this stage of its development but I also
have a responsibility to look at where technologies like this are going &
what is being done to address accessibility for them in future. Since I
understand XFORMS to be a W3C tech. I am hoping that some of the WAI
members on this list may be able to cast some light on the future direction
accessibility for this technology.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Hanna [mailto:jon@spinsol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2001 11:09 PM
To: WAI (E-mail)
Subject: RE: Information on accessibility issues of XFORMS

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> I haven't been on this list long but this doesn't sound like the
> sort of answer I would have expected to this question regardless of
> how 
> accurate it
> is.
Has the 
> accessiblity
> of XFORMS really not been considered or any guidelines produced? By
> all means advise people seeking information of potential pitfalls
> and issues regarding accessibility but surely we want to be taking
> a more positive approach?

Well it on what kind of guidelines and accessibility issues Robert is
looking for. If he is interested in guidelines for current use for
sites that will be public (rather than closed intranet systems where
you may know that all users will have XFORMS capable browsers) then
I'd agree with David's guideline to not use them at all 100%.

Maybe Robert is looking for accessibility issues on a technology that
is still emerging which as such would be largely theoretical. That's
also a valid point of discussion for a list like this, but it doesn't
invalidate David's advice.

Question: How easy is it to detect if XFORMS are available and set
content appropriately?

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