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Media Grouping questions

From: Andrew n marshall <amarshal@usc.edu>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 16:43:58 -0800
Message-ID: <01BD58D6.65BEF160.amarshal@usc.edu>
To: "'www-style@w3.org'" <www-style@w3.org>

Shouldn't the media group 'screen' include be included in aural if a sound 
device is available on the display device?

Actually it seems to me that there could be several instances where a 
device could meet more than one of 'aural/visual/tactile' groupings, such 
as a braille device with a speech and audio capability.  Why are these 
groupings defined relative to their primary media type, instead of the 
actual capabilities of the devices?  Since the primary media types are only 
meant to be normative, is it reasonable for an Agent to interpret their 
groupings  in completely different ways than the given recommendation?

I also notice that there isn't any difference between various audio output 
formats, such as speech-synthesis, midi, and waveform, each which may 
require special hardware or at least specialized sound drivers.  These seem 
like good suggestions for CSS3.

Andrew n marshall
  student - artist - programmer
      "Everyone a mentor,  Everyone a pupil"

Received on Thursday, 26 March 1998 19:37:39 UTC

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