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Re: Serving XHTML as XML

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 07:20:05 +1030
Message-ID: <421E3DFD.5000802@kbc.net.au>
To: w3c wai ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Bailey, Bruce wrote:
> One thing I would like to add to this XHTML1 versus HTML4 discussion is that the only commercially available Braille translation program with significant market share, Duxbury, doesn't handle XHTML well at all.  If it tries to process an XHTML file directly it does things like treat the doctype and other HEAD elements as text.  I am not clear if it processes the rest of BODY with the same rules it uses for HTML.

This need not be a huge problem; if we have a true (well-formed) XHTML 
document, we can always feed it through an XSLT translation to convert 
it into something that Duxbury can handle.  If Duxbury has limitations, 
these could also be catered for.

In the perfect world, it would be nice if we could just do our Braille 
translation with an Open Source XSLT stylesheet, but I'm advised that 
Braille translation is actually quite a complicated process so am unsure 
if XSLT would be able to handle it.  Maybe we need a W3C Accessible 
Braille recommendation to work to <wink/>.



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Thursday, 24 February 2005 20:50:12 UTC

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