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Re: Checkpoint 1.1 - PDF Accessibility

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 18:34:04 +1000
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: "Carey, Rachel (Hiser)" <rachelc@hiser.com.au>
Message-Id: <608791F0-DDE9-11D7-8C10-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

To make the thing accessible you are going to have to take onerous 
steps it seems.

Currently maps are an interesting, but difficult part of accessibility. 
The problem is, as Phill said, knowing what the critical information in 
the map is. Likely it is more than a couple of sentences. However, I 
would strongly suggest that you look at how to collect geographic 
information in a re-useable way, and not just a description of the map.

Looking at Semantic Web technology, the work of groups like OpenGIS, or 
similar, is likely to help in the medium term to reduce the workload, 
since you will begin to re-use existing information.

If you don't have a functional alternative form for the map you can't 
claim level A conformance to WCAG...



On Monday, Sep 1, 2003, at 16:38 Australia/Sydney, Carey, Rachel 
(Hiser) wrote:

> We have no control over the authoring of these Word and PDF files (the 
> web site simply facilitates the movement of them), and it is critical 
> to the success of the system that users are able to provide 
> information in both Word and PDF format.
> Our question is this: what steps should we take in order to ensure 
> that the site is Level-AA compliant?
Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
Received on Wednesday, 3 September 2003 06:36:10 UTC

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