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[Fwd: Fw: Last call for User agent accessibility guidelines]

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 07:49:39 -0500
Message-ID: <38451963.5415E7F5@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
More comments from Steven Pemberton:

Steven Pemberton wrote:
>
> In case you didn't see this.
> 
> Steven
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>
> To: <w3c-html-wg@w3.org>
> Cc: <w3c-i18n-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 2:28 PM
> Subject: Re: Last call for User agent accessibility guidelines
> 
> > [ Cc'd to the I18N IG list ]
> >
> > "Steven Pemberton" <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl> wrote:
> >
> > > I have reviewed the accessibility guidelines and find no show stoppers.
> On
> > > going to Recommendation the reference to HTML 4.0 can be updated to
> 4.01.
> > >
> > > Anyone else with any comments?
> >
> > Well, I have a small concern about checkpoint 2.3 [1].  Checkpoint 2.3
> > says:
> >
> >    2.3 Render content according to natural language identification.
> >        [Priority 1]
> >           Natural language may be identified by markup (e.g., the "lang"
> >           attribute in HTML [HTML40] or "xml:lang" in [XML]) or HTTP
> >           headers. Refer also to checkpoint 2.9 and checkpoint 5.3.
> >
> > Of course I'm very happy to recommend this, but since this checkpoint
> > is rated as Priority 1, which means user agents MUST satisfy this,
> > I'm wondering to what extent this guideline must be satisfied.
> >
> > As an I18N WG member, I do understand this is highly desirable, but
> > at the same time, I understand this is not so easy in reality.  For
> > example, I don't think we can require voice browsers to support
> > speech dictionaries for *ALL* languages around the world.  Actually
> > checkpoint 2.9 [2] says:
> >
> >    2.9 For identified but unsupported natural languages, notify the user
> >        of language changes when configured to do so. [Priority 3]
> >
> > So it seems to be assumed that there are cases when languages are
> > identified but not supported by the user agent.  Then, when a user
> > agent can render English content properly according to natural language
> > identification (e.g. xml:lang="en") but doesn't support any other
> > languages - does this user agent satisfy checkpoint 2.3?
> >
> > [1]
> http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-WAI-USERAGENT-19991105/#tech-render-natural-lan
> guage
> > [2]
> http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-WAI-USERAGENT-19991105/#tech-notify-natural-lan
> guage
> >
> > Regards,
> > --
> > Masayasu Ishikawa / mimasa@w3.org
> > W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
> >
> >

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