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Rewording UAAG2 5.3.2 Implement Accessibility Features of platform

From: Richards, Jan <jrichards@ocadu.ca>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 19:40:26 +0000
To: WAI-ua <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
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Suggest moving to the wording of ATAG 2.0 (http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-IMPLEMENTING-ATAG20-20120410/#sc_a121)

Accessibility Guidelines: If the user agent contains non-web-based user interfaces, then those non-web-based user interfaces follow user interface accessibility guidelines for the platform. (Level A)

The intent of this success criterion is to ensure that user agent user interfaces that are not web applications are more accessible to authors with disabilities. Existing platform accessibility guidelines are referenced because accessibility guidelines already exist for many platforms and this wording allows developers the flexibility to conform with accessibility legislation in their markets.

Note: Developers should see the documents listed in the "Related Resources for Success Criterion A.1.2.1" section. Unless special circumstances exist (e.g., a document has been superseded, the platform has undergone major architectural changes), the listed resources should be assumed to be relevant to the platforms listed.


Mobile browser: The developer of a browser app for the iPhone platform follows the guidance provided in the "Accessibility Programming Guide for iPhone OS".

Related Resources for Success Criterion A.1.2.1:

    The following is a non-exhaustive list of accessibility guidelines for various platforms:
        Desktop OS
            GNOME Desktop on Linux: GNOME Accessibility Developers Guide
            KDE Desktop on Linux: Developer's Information
            Mac OS: Accessibility Overview
            Microsoft Windows: Accessibility Overview
        Mobile OS
            Android: Android Developers: Designing for Accessibility
            BlackBerry: BlackBerry Accessibility
            iPhone OS: Accessibility Programming Guide for iPhone OS
        Cross-OS environments
            Eclipse: Designing Accessible Plug-ins in Eclipse
            Java SE: Java SE Desktop Accessibility
            Lotus Notes: Lotus Notes Checklist
    The following is a non-exhaustive list of general software accessibility guidelines:
        ISO 9241-171:2008 Ergonomics of human-system interaction - Part 171: Guidance on software accessibility
        Software Checklist (IBM)
        Section 508 1194.21 Software applications and operating systems
        The WAI International Policies Relating to Web Accessibility resource includes links to various international legislation and other policies that may include applicable accessibility guidelines for non-web-based functionality.
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