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Re: Issue 545: In Guideline 6, clarify "content state" rather than "content"

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 13:58:43 -0700
Message-ID: <3D90D203.5050604@w3.org>
To: Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>
CC: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, Ray Whitmer <rayw@netscape.com>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, w3c-wai-ua-request@w3.org

Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:
> Ian,
> Regarding the proposed wording to address state information I believe it is
> important that we define the correct terminology as it crosssections
> accessibility infrastructure terminology. Note: we may want to extend
> content value to include text of a document element such as a text input
> field.
> I propose using the following definitions to the working group and then
> expanding on Ian's proposed changes to incorporate these definitions:
> Content state - Document content has a condition of being in a stage or
> form during its use known as its "state." The state of document content is
> ususally defined in discrete pre-defined values as should be known by
> assistive technologies designed to support the document. Examples of
> possible object states are:  has focus, selected, visible, is selecteable,
> checked, focused, activated, pressed, expanded, collapsed, iconified,
> editable, multi-line, resizable, vertical, horizontal, collapsible,
> expandable, and enabled.
> Content selection - A collection of document content often selected by the
> user through some means.

So "is selected" refers to a state of a piece of content, whereas
"the selection" refers to the set of all things selected?

> Content value - An amount assigned to document content. Some document may
> have an assigned value that may change during the course of its use. An
> example of a the use of content value is the currently value of an HTML
> selection object.

I'm mostly interested in hearing from Ray and Philippe whether
this aligns with the DOM model.

Thanks Rich!

  - Ian

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Received on Tuesday, 24 September 2002 17:03:23 UTC

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