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UAAG2 proposal re: 4.1.1

From: Richards, Jan <jrichards@ocadu.ca>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 19:01:53 +0000
To: User Agent Working Group <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
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Here's the proposal I just raised on the call:

Replacing:
4.1.1 Platform Accessibility Architecture: The user agent supports a platform accessibility architecture relevant to the operating environment. (Level A)

...with... 

4.1.1 Platform Accessibility Services: If the user agent contains non-web-based user interfaces, then those user interfaces implement communication with platform accessibility services. [ed. On Monday AUWG may change the wording slightly to: " expose accessibility information through"]
Note: The (optional) explanation of conformance claim results should record the platform accessibility service(s) that were implemented."

Intent:
The intent of this success criterion is to ensure that user agent user interfaces that are not web applications are more accessible to users with disabilities who use assistive technologies that communicate with software via platform accessibility services. The requirement is stated generally because the specifics of what constitutes a platform accessibility service will differ on each platform.
The note regarding documenting the platform accessibility service(s) that were implemented in the conformance claim should encourage developers to implement services that are well supported by assistive technologies.

Examples:
UNCHANGED

Related Resources:
The following is a non-exhaustive list of documents related to communication with platform accessibility services 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: Example from Android Developer Reference
BlackBerry: BlackBerry Accessibility
iPhone OS: Accessibility Programming Guide for iPhone OS
Cross-OS environments
Java SE: Java SE Desktop Accessibility



Cheers,
Jan

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