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Re: Status Updates for new draft

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 12:16:52 -0600
Cc: <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Message-Id: <7B536DF7-19AD-4AB9-944C-FB266543F865@trace.wisc.edu>
To: Jim Allan <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>


Interesting to ask if Web Apps are Web Content or User Agents.

  I had always thought of them as Web Content.    What are the  
thoughts that led them to be considered as User Agents?

(we are working on server based user agents -- but they function as  
virtual user agents to other content including Web Apps.  They aren't  
Web apps themselves)...

Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
Director Trace R&D Center
Professor Ind and Biomed Engr
University of Wisconsin-Madison

On Dec 11, 2008, at 11:47 AM, Jim Allan wrote:

> This draft integrates changes made as a result of comments received  
> on the
> xxx Public Working Draft and also includes changes resulting from
> restructuring and updating the document to reflect changes in  
> technology.
> Substantial changes include:
> Principle 1: Comply with applicable specifications and conventions
> 	Guideline 1.1 and associated success criteria have been
> re-conceptualized to include web-based user-agents (web  
> applications) and
> ensure they conform to WCAG20.
> 	Guideline 1.2 and associated success criteria focus on operating
> system base user agents and ensure they conform to the standards and
> requirements of the operating system.
> PRINCIPLE 2. Facilitate programmatic access by assistive technologies
> 	All guidelines and success criteria reflect a total rewriting and
> restructuring that incorporates changes in technologies since UAAG10,
> specifically the use of accessibility architectures on native  
> platforms
> running user agents.
> PRINCIPLE 4. Ensure that the user interface is operable
> 	Guideline 4.1 Ensure full keyboard access. The working group has put
> considerable effort into overhauling keyboard accessibility. It  
> provides new
> success criteria derived from the review and gap analysis of other  
> keyboard
> accessibility requirements documents.
> The Working Group seeks feedback on the following points for this  
> draft:
>    * Are there concerns about the inclusion of web-applications as
> user-agents
>    * Does the inclusion of success criteria related to accessibility
> platform architectures provide sufficient guidance to user agent  
> developers
> when developing accessible user-agents?
>    * Is the guideline on keyboard access complete?
>    * Are there any other areas in which the guidelines may be lacking?
> Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator & Webmaster
> Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
> 1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
> voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9264  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
> "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964
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