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Re: conflation of issues or convergence of interests?

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 15:01:38 +0200
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: public-html@w3.org, wai-xtech@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tv6eg0is64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Sat, 28 Jul 2007 14:47:20 +0200, Patrick H. Lauke  
<redux@splintered.co.uk> wrote:
>> I'd like to see some user testing of this issue, and some documentation  
>> of existing video sites and their accessibility features.  Are there  
>> any existing video sites that provide textual alternatives for videos?   
>> If so, we can look at how they do it and, through user testing,  
>> evaluate how successful their approach is.
> Just wondering (as usual again) why, if we're working on a new set of  
> language building blocks, we need to look at current practices that use  
> the limited vocabulary available today...whatever sites currently do is  
> obviously related to how HTML4/XHTML1.x handles video and such. Why  
> should that inform how this new and improved language should handle it  
> as well? But yeh, let's go along with that...

If the new language requires a completely different architecture it is  
unlikely to be adopted. Or maybe it is adopted, but the accessibility  
features are not being put to use. I think it will be easier for features  
to become adopted if they don't require a lot of rethinking, but rather  
can be incrementally deployed. I think that's one of the reasons it's  
important to look how authors are solving problems now.

I suppose it's a bit like social science. Getting statistics on what's  
currently being done to see how we can improve the situation without  
radically changing it.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Saturday, 28 July 2007 13:02:50 UTC

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