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Re: Could RSS revolutionize accessibility?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 12:04:06 +0100
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To: "Jesper Tverskov" <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>

Well, the accessibility community has a number of people working on RDF 
in general. An RSS feed is also very limited in what kind of content it 
really handles - like HTML it doesn't address problems like how to deal 
with multimedia directly.

Thre is a very rough draft of RDF-based techniques for Accessibility at 
http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/WD-WCAG20-RDF-TECHS/ - I am in the 
middle of checking through the schema and writing up comments. There is 
some work that Jonathan Chetwynd has begun at 
http://www.peepo.co.uk/rdf/-1/my2ndRDF.rdf that I haven't looked at 

There is a grab-bag of ideas that might be interesting at 
http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Europe/reports/w3c_note_sw_accessibility/ and 
there is a Dublin Core Accessibility special interest group looking at 
similar issues.

There is work in the IMS consortium on using RDF (their own work, plus 
the W3C specifications CC/PP and EARL) to support accessibility in 

And a whole lot more besides.

So I think that RDF in general can revolutionise accessibility (if the 
work is done right - there are still no magic work-free solutions, but 
there are lots of ways to reduce the workload), and RSS has a role to 
play in that...



On 16 Mar 2004, at 12:01, Jesper Tverskov wrote:

> Where is the accessibility community when it comes to RSS?
> A RSS feed is 100% accessible viewed in the right viewer. Then at 
> least we have an accessible interface for all people to the core value 
> of many web sites. The documents served are the same, but at least we 
> have a good beginning, or what?
> Could RSS revolutionize accessibility?
Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
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