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Re: EZ access / infrared URLs as requested

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 10:26:48 -0600
Message-Id: <199911111526.KAA05416@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Cc: Kitch Barnicle <barnicle@trace.wisc.edu>
At 08:44 AM 11/11/99 -0600, Jon Gunderson wrote:
>I proposed that we include the references that kitch enclosed as techniques
>for checkpoint 1.1.  The bullet for the technique would be:
>
>If you only support one input device (i.e. Kiosk or portable device)
>provide an accessible alternative interface.
>
>Two implmentations of an accessible alternative interface would be the use
>of the Easy Access and/or AIIP techniques.

The "or" in this proposed language is not consistent with the EITAAC
adoption of a both-and standard: equipment should be both 1) as
intrinsically accessible as is readily achievable, and also 2) compatible
with add-on equipment for the cases not handled intrinsically.

The two references Kitch gave are not comparable.  EZAccess is a whole
library of design techniques.  AIIP is a concept for one part of a
compatibility strategy.

EZAccess is a comprehensive bundle of hardware and software techniques for
the primary and compatibility interfaces to make devices for public and
consumer use broadly accessible.  While it continues to grow and change,
there are working examples and there is a lot there to mine for how-to ideas.

AIIP is a software concept related to accessibility by means of
compatibility with add-on equipment.  AIIP is presently pretty nebulous.
There is no "there" there when User Agent designers follow the link to ask
"OK, now how do I do it?"  Can we call this a Technique?  Maybe I am too
close to the problem, but I think that customers of the Techniques
literature will want to know the difference between references to concrete
technology that they can readily apply and projects which are aiming to
produce technology which contributes to a solution.

Al

>
>Jon
>
>
>At 08:28 PM 11/10/99 -0600, you wrote:
>>The URLs that Jon requested in the appear below. 
>>
>>Trace Center information on kiosks and EZ Access techniques.
>>
>>
>>http://www.trace.wisc.edu/world/kiosks/ez/index.html
>>
>>http://www.trace.wisc.edu/world/kiosks/
>>
>>The National Committee for Information Technology Standards work on the
>>Alternative Interface Interaction Protocol (AIIP). 
>>
>>http://www.uniac.com/
>>
>>I'll have to check and see if there is a better resource for information on
>>infrared. I not sure which is the best site to include.
>>
>>Kitch
>>
>>
>
>Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
>Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
>Chair, W3C WAI User Agent Working Group
>Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
>College of Applied Life Studies
>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
>
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> 
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