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Re: accessibility supported questions

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 10:52:30 +0200
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At 20:50 1/04/2009, Matt Morgan-May wrote:
>On 4/1/09 11:25 AM, "Christophe Strobbe"
><christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be> wrote:
> > For example, a Maltese user who does not know any foreign 
> languages can only
> > access content in Maltese and use software that is localised for Maltese.
> > If there is no accessible user agent (including plugins) that is
> > supported by AT that is available in Maltese (assuming that there are
> > user agents available in Maltese), than Maltese policy makers would better
> > not include that technology in their list of accessibility-supported
> > technologies (if they were making one).
>
>I think Malta has one bigger obstacle...
>
> > (...)
>
>Unless I'm mistaken, there is no screen reader that supports Maltese. I
>think the same is true for Irish, though a cursory look shows there's been
>work on a Gaelic TTS engine. Still, until that work is done, any movement in
>accessible technology (that is, not just web accessibility) in those
>languages is blocked by the absence of suitable screen reader technology.

Absence of essential types of AT is a big obstacle.
With regard to WCAG 2.0 conformance, one can only fall back on a
"Statement of Partial Conformance - Language":
<http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#conformance-partial-lang>.
(This type of statement was added during the Candidate Recommendation phase,
during which the WCAG WG received implementations in various languages and
scripts, including Japanese and Chinese.)

Best regards,

Christophe


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