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Re: Silverleight Accessibility

From: <Accessys@smart.net>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 08:58:38 -0400 (EDT)
To: Ginger Claassen <ginger.claassen@gmx.de>
cc: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0904060856440.12963@fzneg.arg>

the question I would ask (and I have no knowledge of silverlight) is
that if an inaccessible tool is required to work on the design of a
website, how can the finished product, the website, be accessible???
And of course if it is a school website it needs to be accessible for
not only students but parents who may be disabled and need the access.

Bob


On Mon, 6 Apr 2009, Ginger Claassen wrote:

> Hello everybody,
>
> I have a question regarding silverlight - I know it might be a bit off
> topic in this list but maybe someone can send me a pm with some helpful
> information. We have a student here who wants to work on the redesign of
> our website an he is supposed to use MS Silverlight for some parts of it
> and we want to make it, of course, accessible for people with visual
> impairments especially blind ones thus I myself can use the website.
> Does anyone know a good source, online, book or whatever where to find
> insturctions or ideas how to make Silverlight accessible?
> So far we did not succeed in finding any useful stuff.
>
> I appriciate every help as little as it might be!
>
> Thanks in advance for your support!
>
> Kind regards
>
> Ginger
>
>
> Christophe Strobbe wrote:
> >
> > 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
> >
> >
> >> -
> >> m
> >
>
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