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Re: Help sought with UA accessibility questions

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 11:17:44 +0930
Message-ID: <3F35A440.7000601@kbc.net.au>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> 3) The developer has wondered aloud if there is a means to feed the 
> program name to assistive software besides having the program name in 
> the titlebar.

Thinking aloud for a Perfect World:

Should ALL software not come with some sort of metadata (RDF?) which 
identifies what it is, what it does, version information, license 
conditions, where to go for support, etc.?

A specific call to the programme (standard across all software) would 
then return the required data.

	mozilla-firebird.exe --rdf=title

	Mozilla Firebird

I'm starting to use a similar technique for CGI-generated Web content; 
for instance:

http://www.foo.bar/cgi-bin/baz  ...delivers a page
http://www.foo.bar/cgi-bin/baz?rdf=all  ...delivers all RDF for the same 

Back in the desktop context, an operating system could keep a database 
(Windows Registry or /etc/rdf.db) of this information which could:
a) let AT users [and others] know what resources are available on the 
b) provide an easy means of performing a software audit on a machine - 
handy in a corporate environment where you need to track thousands of 

I know that this is a bit off-topic, but I see this as a logical 
progression towards an holistic approach to accessibility.



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Saturday, 9 August 2003 21:47:51 UTC

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