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Recording results Re: User agent support of SUMMARY attribute in tables

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 10:42:29 +1100
Cc: W3c-Wai-Ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: "Phill Jenkins" <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Message-Id: <2B9F8634-2E63-11D7-8E6F-000A95678F24@sidar.org>

W3C has been working on a specification called EARL, designed to record 
the results of evaluations (either by users or by tools). A typical use 
case is accessibility testing. There are several tools producing 
versions of EARL at the moment, and using them to record results. An 
important issue in the development is noting exactly where a problem 
occurs, especially in a page of tag-soup that isn't valid HTML or 
XHTML, but even knowing that there are two layout tables in a page with 
two tables is useful...

http://www.w3.org/TR/EARL10

If you are working on recording evaluations, so you don't ask the same 
question next time, I recommend looking at EARL. It uses RDF/XML so 
that it is easy to merge results from different evaluations without 
requiring that they are exactly the same form (another issue has been 
whether there should be a regularised XML form that constrains only 
certain valid representations of the RDF, so it can be processed better 
by tools that only half-understand it).

AccessValet was one of the first tools to produce EARL. I believe that 
AccVerify and SSB's tools do too. I am supervising a student project to 
adapt an open-source evaluation tool (much like Bobby) to produce and 
use it.

cheers

Chaals

On Thursday, Jan 23, 2003, at 05:58 Australia/Melbourne, Phill Jenkins 
wrote:

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>
>
>> But it should do as AccessValet does, and offer the user the ability
>> to mark the guideline as satisfied or (as in the case of summary for
>> a layout table) Not Applicable.  That is, of course, after issuing the
>> warning.
>
> How does AccessValet know the next time it is checking the site that 
> the
> table is "Not applicable"?  Does/could  it leave some keyword in the
> Summary attribute, such as "Layout"?
>
> Phill Jenkins
> IBM
>
>
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Charles McCathieNevile           charles@sidar.org
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