Re: HTML 3.2: SGML Document Access (SDA)

Dave Raggett (
Tue, 21 May 1996 17:16:12 -0400

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To: "Harold A. Driscoll" <>
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2: SGML Document Access (SDA) 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Tue, 21 May 1996 17:08:23 EDT."
Date: Tue, 21 May 1996 17:16:12 -0400
From: "Dave Raggett" <>

> I think that most authors of HTML documents would prefer that their
> documents be available to a broad audience. Notwithstanding the few large
> corporate sites which have gone to considerable extents to present barriers
> to visually challenged individuals (such as large blocks of text presented
> only within GIF files), most information providers would benefit from a
> low-effort way to make "reasonable accommodations" toward being barrier-free
> to as many folks as practical.

We have worked hard to look after the needs of a broad range of users.
Style sheets are expected reduce the tendency for tag-abuse by giving
authors a more direct way to get the visual effects they desire. Work
on downloadable and antialias fonts should solve some of the problems
you allude to. We have even been looking at how CSS can be extended to
support voice o/p.

Imagemaps are a further problem for the gui-impaired user. The <OBJECT>
spec remedies this with a mechanism for client-side imagemaps that
is backwards compatible with all existing browsers, and represents a
major step forward in making HTML documents accessible to a broader
audience.  See

As a result of the strong support for CSS and for <OBJECT> we expect to
see deployment of these features by later this year.

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