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Re: PDF in WCAG 2

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 21:30:20 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0408182127110.19685@aristotle.multipattern.com>

>> If this question were actually serious, I could give you a list a mile 
>> long of practices used in typography that cannot be replicated in HTML.
>
> please do. as long as we're talking about practices that involve content,
> and not presentational stylings.

You seem to think footnotes are presentational.

>> And did you know that you can actually embed multimedia, with captions 
>> and/or descriptions, *in* a PDF now? Try *that* in HTML.
>
> how's about object, for instance?

object, embed, and img merely refer to multimedia. You can embed it in 
PDF.

>> If you really believe the contrary, can we please just write out your
>> wedding invitations on Bristol board in pink crayon?

...and the response changed the subject, so it can be ignored.

>> Except for all that text inside them.
>
> which is useless to me if i can't access it in the first place...

Every platform in common use (including Linxux) can read PDFs, including 
via open-source tools. Plus, I dunno, have you considered Googling?

>> Why, exactly?
>
> because if it's not text - and i still maintain that, regardless of how 
> much text is inside the pdf, if i can't access it, it may as well not be 
> there - then an alternative needs to be available.

The file contains its own accessibility features. I suppose you want 
captions and descriptions decoupled from multimedia, too. It seems some 
other people on the Working Group want that.

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Received on Wednesday, 18 August 2004 21:30:28 UTC

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