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Re: Rating of UA Guidelines

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 1998 15:44:06 -0500
Message-Id: <199810092045.PAA00142@staff1.cso.uiuc.edu>
To: Paul Adelson <paul.adelson@citicorp.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
I think we are only asking user agents to make sure that they are making
accessible the types of document elements that it supports.  So if a user
agent doesn't support multi-media elements, then it doesn't need to support
accessibility for those elements either.  Although I think pwWebSpeak is
moving in a driection to support accessible multi-media elements in future
releases.

Jon


At 03:29 PM 10/9/98 -0500, Paul Adelson wrote:
>How would the suggested wording apply to pwWebspeak -- for which presentation
>of a video stream, for instance, is not possible?
>
>Jon Gunderson wrote:
>
>> We could try to separate into "mainstream" vs. "specialized" and have
>> different rating systems.  But I think this assumes that we know how
>> technology will change in the future.  What might be consdiered a
>> specialized feature today, may be considered a mainstream idea tommorrow.
>> So we could insert the following statement into each priority level:
>> "by user agents as a built-in feature or through compatibility with
>> assistive technology"
>>
>> Revised Priority List:
>> [Priority 1]
>> This guideline must be implemented by user agents as a built-in feature or
>> through compatibility with assistive technology, or one or more groups of
>> users with disabilities will find it impossible to access information in
>> the document. Implementing this guideline is a basic requirement for some
>> groups to be able to use WWW documents.
>> [Priority 2]
>> This guideline should be implemented by user agents as a built-in feature
>> or through compatibility with assistive technology, or one or more groups
>> of users will find
>> it difficult to access information in the document. Implementing this
>> guideline will significantly improve access to WWW documents.
>> [Priority 3]
>> This guideline should be implemented by user agents as a built-in feature
>> or through compatibility with assistive technology, to make it easier for
>> one or more groups of
>> users to access information in the document. Implementing this guideline
>> will improve access to WWW documents.
>>
>> Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
>> Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
>> Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
>> University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
>> 1207 S. Oak Street
>> Champaign, IL 61820
>>
>> Voice: 217-244-5870
>> Fax: 217-333-0248
>> E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu
>> WWW:    http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~jongund
>>         http://www.als.uiuc.edu/InfoTechAccess
>
>
>
>--
>  -- Paul Adelson
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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
1207 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820

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