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Re: Accessible SVG?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 12:11:55 +0100
To: "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.s5fap5pawxe0ny@widsith.local>

On Tue, 21 Feb 2006 22:44:09 +0100, David Woolley  
<david@djwhome.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>> http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG-access/
> My impression is that they exist to meet a political imperative

No, although it is fair to say that accessibility implementation has been  
slow... But then, Opera 8 last year was the first major desktop browser to  
incorporate SVG in a full release. Firefox has since followed with 1.5 -  
has anyone tested that on a screenreader? We are working on this in  

> and that
> the reality is that those with a commercial interest in SVG only want
> a purely presentational language.

Well, in terms of presenting information, yes. I think there is a lack of  
outreach, but no reason to believe that there is active hostility in the  
SVG community towards accessibility, just frustration at the difficulty of  
finding out what people actually want.

> The fact that the document is five and a half years old is an indication
> that there has been little interest in maintaining it.

Well, if anyone can supply 48-hour days the document could be updated.  
Particularly useful updates would be:

More detailed information on the use of animation vs script.
Update the examples to a newer version of SVG.

There are a couple of features that have changed since the Note was  
published, but there should be more interesting stuff in SVG 1.2 - it  
*might* be possible to update in line with that - I have it on my to-do  
list, but it is pending finding some of those 48-hour days, or being able  
to hire someone.



Charles McCathieNevile                     chaals@opera.com
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