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RE: some comments.

From: Charles (Chuck) Oppermann <chuckop@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 14:12:35 -0700
Message-ID: <E3A3FFB80F5CD1119CED00805FBECA2F038045DB@red-msg-55.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'Jon Gunderson'" <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>, David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
---priority 2: lots of 3rd party access is going to be slow to impliment
Actually, all major screen readers implement Active Accessibility as a
client.  In addition, several alternative input packages, such as On-screen
keyboards and voice-input packages use Active Accessibility.  The acceptance
of MSAA in just one year has been phenomenal.

Charles Oppermann
Program Manager, Active Accessibility, Microsoft Corporation
mailto:chuckop@microsoft.com http://microsoft.com/enable/
"A computer on every desk and in every home, usable by everyone!"

-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Gunderson [mailto:jongund@staff.uiuc.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 1998 1:59 PM
To: David Poehlman; w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Subject: Re: some comments.

On today's conference call there was concern for naming specific
accessibility API like Active Accessibility or SunSoft Java Accessibility
API.  There was a suggestion to be more generic in stating that system
accessibilitiy APIs should be used and lists these as potential sources.

At 10:38 AM 5/19/98 -0400, David Poehlman wrote:
>Usage of ALT and TITLE:
>       ALT: Image description.--- might be better as: "text replacing
>       TITLE: Tool tip
>  D. Alternative Representations for Video, Movies and Annimations
>    1. [Priority 1]
>       User selectable option is available to turn on audio descriptions
>       of videoes, movies and annimations for videos.
>    2. [Priority 1]
>       User selectable option is available to turn on closed captioning
>       of video, images and annimations.
>---I'd like to be able to turn them on or off.
>    3. [Priority 2]
>       Extended document summary information is displayed on user
>       command.
>---we might consider changing this to priority one.
>---as part of a brief summary appearing on the status line we might
>consider it dynamic partly and include a percentage of page pointer
>in text somehow.  this can be gotten from the scroll bar.
>---I'd add a priority 1 to accessability menus to render all toolbars
>in text. that may not be the place to put it but it is an alternative
>menu view.
>5. Compatibility with 3rd Party Assistive Technology
>  A. Standard OS Controls/Menus/Dialog boxes
>--- priority 1.  
>   Using standard rather than custom controls in the designing browser
>   applications increases the accessibility of the application. Third
>   party assistive technology developers are more likely able to access
>   standard controls than custom controls. If you must use custom
>   controls review them for accessibility or check for controls that
>   support Active Accessibility or the SUN Soft Accessibility API (see
>   following sections).
>  B. Microsoft Active Accessibility in Windows 95/NT versions.
>  ---priority 2: lots of 3rd party access is going to be slow to impliment
>   When developing new applications for Windows 95/NT build into the
>   specifications and design active accessibility compatibility. This
>   provides 3rd party asssistive technology with important information
>   for accessibility about your program for persons using 3rd part
>   assistive technology. More information on active accessibility can be
>   found at [43]Microsoft WWW site on Active Accessibility.
>  C. SUNSoft Java Accessibility API in Java Code
>   When developing new applications using SUNSoft Java technology build
>   into the specifications and design the use of the Java Accessibility
>   API. This provides 3rd party asssistive technology with important
>   information for accessibility, so persons with disabilities can use
>   assistive technology to more efficiently access your programs. More
>   information on Java Accessibility API can be found at [44]Java
>   Accessibility Utilities.
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Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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