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wording of Checkpoint 7.5

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2000 14:56:00 -0500
Message-Id: <4.1.20000106144042.00b7d3b0@pop3.concentric.net>
To: User Agent Guidelines Emailing List <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
aloha, y'all!

in reviewing Ian's UA Responsibility document, i was troubled by the
ambiguity of Checkpoint 7.5, as stated in the 20 december 1999 draft of
UAGL and the 28 december 1999 draft of the UA Responsibilities document:

Checkpoint 7.5 Allow the user to search for rendered text content,
including text equivalents of visual and auditory content.
   A. Most user agents do this anyway (except for the alt content part).
   B. Searching might be considered a minimal form of navigation.

what exactly are we addressing in this checkpoint?  are we talking about
OBJECTs _and_ such text-based MLs such as SMIL, SAMI, and SVG, or _just_
textual equivalents?  therefore, i propose the following re-wording:

Checkpoint 7.5 Allow the user to search for textual content, including text
equivalents for OBJECTs.
NOTE: Text based visual and auditory formats, such as SMIL, SAMI, and SVG
are included in this checkpoint, as are the LONGDESC and ALT attributes;
semantic information contained in TABLE (e.g. SUMMARY, ABBR, SCOPE, etc.)
and FORM (e.g. LABEL, LEGEND, FIELDSET, etc.) markup; as well as the
contents of NOSCRIPT and NOFRAMES elements


there is also a configuration consideration in searching, as well -- users
should be allowed to search by hyperlink text or by hyperlink title

He that lives on Hope, dies farting
     -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
   WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
Received on Thursday, 6 January 2000 15:02:21 UTC

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