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Re: TECHNIQUE: 7.2.1

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 13:30:07 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9906021328430.2065-100000@tux.w3.org>
There are actual guidelines for apple (as opposed to promotional material,
which is all I could find at the site listed) at


On Wed, 2 Jun 1999, Jon Gunderson wrote:

  Checkpoint 7.2.1
  Provide programatic access for dependent user agents to the user interface by
  using operating system and development language accessibility resources and
  Most of the current assistive technology available to improve the access to
  computer based technologies for people with disabilities is designed to
  access to non-specific software applications with in an operating system.
  agents rendering WWW content is just one type of application the assistive
  technology is providing access.  For software applications to be compatible
  with these types of assistive technologies they need to follow standard
  operating system conventions for accessibility and in the case of some
  types of
  operating systems use accessibility APIs to provide additional information to
  assistive technologies.  Operating systems with accessibility APIs include
  functionality in standard controls and display rendering APIs.  User agents
  which use standard controls and rendering APIs will have a basic level of
  compatibility with existing assistive technologies.  The complexity of visual
  rendering of WWW content though often requires additional information about
  content rendered which means making more information about the content
  available through the accessibility API.
  Current operating system accessible design guidelines:
  1.      Microsoft Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/enable/dev/)
  2.      Java (http://www.sun.com/access/ and
  3.      Apple Macintosh (http://www.apple.com/education/k12/disability/)
  Current accessibility application programming interfaces:
  1. Active Accessibility  (http://www.microsoft.com/enable/msaa/)
  2. Java accessibility API (provide URL later)
  3. Java Swing Classes (provide URL later)  
  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

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