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Re: Proposed text about which UAs are expected to conform

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 11:54:02 -0400
Message-ID: <38FB339A.64EA5B0B@w3.org>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
CC: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Jon Gunderson wrote:
> 
> Comments in JRG:
> At 04:02 PM 4/16/00 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
> >Hello,
> >
> >As part of resolving issue 232 [1], I'd like to propose the
> >following text for the section on conformance to explain which
> >user agents this document is meant for. Please note that the
> >abstract of the document already discusses which user agents
> >these guidelines are meant to address.
> >
> ><BLOCKQUOTE>
> >Which user agents may conform
> >
> >This document has been designed to promote the accessibility of
> >general-purpose graphical user agents. While many of the principles
> >set forth in this document apply to other
> >classes of user agents, including assistive technologies, many of the
> >checkpoints do not. As the number of applicable
> >checkpoints decreases for a piece of software, the likelihood
> >increases that the guidelines are not an accurate gauge of the
> >accessibility of that piece of software. Therefore, while assistive
> >technologies and other specialized user agents obviously promote
> >accessibility, they are not expected to conform (for instance, because
> >they offer a single output mode such as speech,
> 
> JRG: I would suggest :
> The primary mode of output maybe generated speech, but the technology does
> offer a minimal visual interface for sighted support and trouble
> shooting.  The speech part of the interface may comply with the guidelines,
> but the visual interface does not.

IJ: I don't think we should enter into that much detail in this part
of the guidelines.

 - Ian
 
> >or they do not make
> >available information through APIs) because
> >they are not general purpose user agents.  This document will help
> >assistive technology developers understand what functionalities and
> >communication an accessible general purpose user agent should provide.
> ></BLOCKQUOTE>
> >
> >  - Ian
> >
> >[1] http://cmos-eng.rehab.uiuc.edu/ua-issues/issues-linear.html#232
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> Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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