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Re: Proposed text about which UAs are expected to conform

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 11:44:41 -0500
Message-Id: <4.3.1.2.20000417113926.00be2e00@staff.uiuc.edu>
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Ian,
My main point is that a voice only browser could still comply.  The main 
complication from AT vendors with this issue are:
1. My visual interface does not comply
2. Exporting and supporting the DOM
3. Targeting one type of disability

My main concern is mentioning that a technology that is primarily speech 
output as not something that is intended to complying.  Maybe it would be 
better to say a browser that is targeting one type of disability or 
something like that.


Jon


At 11:54 AM 4/17/00 -0400, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>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
> > >--
> > >Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
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> >
> > 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
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> >
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> >
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> >
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>
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>Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
>Tel:                         +1 831 457-2842
>Cell:                        +1 917 450-8783

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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