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Re: Can User Agents adopt the lists that screen readers so eleqently do?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 17:42:54 +1000
Message-Id: <DAA364AC-821D-11D8-952E-000A958826AA@sidar.org>
Cc: "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: "Ian Anderson" <lists@zstudio.co.uk>

You mean testing publishing tools for their support of authoring 
accessible content (for example conformance to the 4 year old W3C 
recommendation "Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines"), making the 
results available, and suggesting that people actually use that 
information as a buying guide?

I don't think anyone has done it.  I have done testing of these tools 
and warn that it is a big job which is much easier to do badly than 
well. But it would indeed be useful. There's even a W3C working group 
that looks specifically at this area (and published the above-mentioned 
Recommendation in 2000).

So I suspect that a lot of people have thought of it. I have mentioned 
many times to organisations who spend more than $100k on software that 
they should think of mentioning this to their suppliers. I look forward 
to someone doing the legwork...



On 30 Mar 2004, at 06:46, Ian Anderson wrote:

> Has anyone thought of doing the same sort of thing for accessibility 
> that
> the Web Standards Project did for web design? Pressure needs to be 
> brought
> on Microsoft and other key vendors to pay more than lip service to web
> accessibility in their publishing tools for business and home users as 
> well
> as web professionals.
Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
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