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Accessibility of Timeline.

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 09:15:55 +0900
Message-Id: <76360880-2C57-4563-A47E-E090DD7C4200@w3.org>
Cc: general@simile.mit.edu, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: David Huynh <dfhuynh@csail.mit.edu>, www-rdf-calendar@w3.org

Hi everyone,

Just to be sure, Timeline is very beautiful and cool and could be  
really a nice feature for the Web. I will try to reply to David  
questions about accessibility, but keep in mind that the best place  
to do is with WAI people. Maybe WAI IG

About the problem I mentionned here

Le 4 juil. 06 à 01:48, David Huynh a écrit :
> Thank you for bringing up these accessibility concerns. I do  
> realize they are serious, and they plague most AJAX applications,  
> but I have little expertise in the area of accessibility. So your  
> guidance will be greatly appreciated. Do you have any specific  
> suggestions on how to make Timeline more accessible? I'm all ears.
> As for iCalendar data, is there a Javascript library off-the-shelf  
> that I can use to parse iCalendar data?

Timeline is basically a calendar with extra information with annotation.

Question for WAI: what is the best way to create a calendar in HTML  
is it a table or a list? I remember in the past I had try to  
represent that as a list and display it as a table.
	Be careful it's not necessary the best solution, maybe people from  
WAI could point us to a page explaining the best ways to create a  
calendar in HTML.

The main issue is that right now timeline "doesn't exist" :) for many  
kind of users some people with certain type of disabilities, for most  
search engines.


Because the data are not in HTML in the Web page. What I would like  
to see for the next version of Timeline.

Given that all data are in the HTML page with a specific set of class  
names/markup, the javascript modify the DOM to get the beautiful  
rendering that you have right now.

1. Design the HTML markup/structure with accessibility in mind
2. Put the data into this structure in real text
2. Design the javascript to beautify the data contained in the HTML page

Every users will benefit.
	- common users
	- people with disabilities
	- ice on top of cake: search engine.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager, QA Activity Lead
   QA Weblog - http://www.w3.org/QA/
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