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Re: Public vs. Private information

From: vivienne trulock <vivienne@ilikecake.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 22:33:29 +0000
Message-ID: <db4fe6a00611201433x233699c7n1e98598e3dd66f0b@mail.gmail.com>
To: "John Foliot" <foliot@wats.ca>
Cc: gawds_discuss@yahoogroups.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi John

What about using a style and a title attribute to give both visual and
semantic markup
<td class="private" title="private">cell content</td>


On 20/11/06, John Foliot <foliot@wats.ca> wrote:
> Polling for some ideas / opinions.
> The scenario:
> Database search returns back a large chunk of data about a person - some of
> this data is public, but other bits are "private", and requires
> authentication (logged in) for it to be exposed.  The issue however is that
> the query subject (person) gets to decide what is public and what is
> private, so the field returns are variable; for example I can choose to list
> my cellular number as public or private, but the choice is up to me.  I may
> choose public but my associate may choose private.
> The problem:
> The issue is how to denote what is public and what is private to
> authenticated users (who are seeing both), given that for many (most) of the
> individual field returns it can be either.
> The on-screen return must match results each time (order), so dynamically
> grouping the public stuff and the private stuff unfortunately won't work.
> In the paper prototypes, the designer is displaying the public content in a
> bold font and the private content in regular font (<strong>Public
> Data</strong>), along with text that explains:
> "Information in bold is in this person's public profile.  All other
> information is available to you as an authenticated user." (I wish I could
> show you, but the examples are behind the wall)
> Needless to say I am uncomfortable about this, as it is relying on a mostly
> visual display to convey supplemental information.  However I am drawing a
> blank on ways of achieving the requirement that also meet accessibility
> guidelines, short of adding a "private" icon with appropriate alt text at
> the end of each private result.  This could conceivably produce a page with
> 12 - 20 "private icons", an issue in it's own right.
> If anyone has dealt with a similar scenario, I would be curious how you
> resolved the issue (a link would be awesome!), however even if you have
> never dealt with this, if you have an idea or opinion I'm open to both.
> Thanks in advance.
> JF
> ---
> John Foliot
> Academic Technology Specialist
> Stanford Online Accessibility Program
> http://soap.stanford.edu
> Stanford University
> 560 Escondido Mall
> Meyer Library 181
> Stanford, CA 94305-3093

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