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Re: Belated HTML WG last-call comments to User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 11:38:00 -0400
Message-ID: <3B0A87D8.40C1EB84@w3.org>
To: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
CC: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Steven Pemberton wrote:
> 
> Thanks for the reply.
> 
> > IJ: As Jon points out in his email, DOM is required for Level A
> > conformance. We have received a lot of comments, such as "What about
> > kiosks or environments where there is no communication with
> > assistive technologies?" to which we answered (in section 1.2
> > of the document): we are not aiming at those user agents for UAAG 1.0.
> >
> > Nor are we concerned in UAAG 1.0 with mobile devices or other
> > environments where DOM implementation would be a heavy footprint
> > burden.
> >
> > We are requiring the DOM so that assistive technologies have access
> > to content in a manner that allows them to track changes to
> > content in a structured and efficient manner.
> 
> So if I have a voice browser that follows all the other guidelines, but
> doesn't have scripting, it cannot be level A compliant?

That is correct. In this case, the DOM is being required not
as an interface for scripts, but as an interface for
assistive technologies.

 _ Ian


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