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Re: A table navigation technique

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 11:44:54 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199811171944.LAA08038@netcom13.netcom.com>
To: chuckop@microsoft.com, jongund@staff.uiuc.edu, kathyhe@microsoft.com, phoenixl@netcom.com, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Hi, Jon

A couple of weeks ago there was a discussion on a telecom call about
exposing information for third party access developers and providing
direct access by the browser.  My recollection was that there seemed to
be an agreement that a combination of exposing the information and
providing direct access when fairly readily achievable was the general
preferred approach.  I believe the thought was asking something like
audible menus directly from visual browsers was too much to ask of
browser developers.  Asking that visual browsers to present information
in alternate renderings was a reasonable expectation of visual browsers.

Was that your recollection of the discussion?


> For resolution of the linearization I think we need to have good arguements.
> I think the discussioin needs to look at the dimensions of the issue.
> In the case of mainstream browsers I think the issues are the following:
> 1. Number of people impacted.
> The feature was original targeted for the visually impaired and blind.  But
> at the face to face meeting it was also mentioned that people with certain
> types of learning disabilities would also benefit.
> 2. Senario of use
> People who are blind would be using screen readers, so the third party
> assistive technology could manipulate the DOM to linearize.
> People with visual impairments may not be using assistive technology and
> therefore if the feature was not directly implemented it would not be
> available to them.
> People with learning disabilities probably will also not be using
> assisitive technology so if it is not built-in it would not be available
> 3. Ideas for implementation
> Built-in configuration option to linearize all pages in a dialog box
> Built-in keyboard command
> Add on power tool right click
> Let's talk about ideas to get a better picture of how this feature may
> benefit users with disabilities and how it maybe implemented to benefit users.
> Thanks,
> Jon
Received on Tuesday, 17 November 1998 14:46:39 UTC

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