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Re: Call for Consensus (CfC): APA Comment on SVG Native

From: Matthew Atkinson <matkinson@tpgi.com>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2022 14:53:07 +0000
To: Accessible Platform Architectures Administration <public-apa-admin@w3.org>
CC: Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group <public-apa@w3.org>
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Colleagues:

This call for consensus received overwhelming support, and no direct
opposition.

Consequently, this CfC is agreed to as a consensus decision of APA. The
head of thread for this CfC can be found here:

https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-apa-admin/2022Apr/0001.html


I will submit our comment on behalf of the group, on the GitHub thread
for this issue:

https://github.com/w3c/svgwg/issues/874


Once again, thanks to Paul for the great catch, and to you all for your
input on this issue in discussion and on list.

Best regards,


Matthew and Janina
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    Colleagues:

    This is a Call for Consensus (CfC) to the Accessible Platform Architectures
    (APA) Working Group testing whether we have group consensus on comments and
    suggested edits on the SVG Native Editor's Draft at
    <https://svgwg.org/specs/svg-native/>.

    <beginning of suggested comment>

    APA comments on the SVG Native Editor's Draft at
    <https://svgwg.org/specs/svg-native/>.

    We are concerned that removing the ability to specify an accessible name and
    description for the image (i.e. <title> and <desc>) would present accessibility
    barriers, and would limit the capabilities of SVG Native compared to other
    image formats.

    We're concerned about the lack of ability to specify an accessible name and
    description because content authors would have to take extra steps to provide
    that information when working in the native context versus on the web. By
    allowing the use of <title> and <desc> in SVG Native, authors could use the
    same file in both contexts. Many operating environments provide a platform
    accessibility API, and accessibility properties onto which the <title> and
    <desc> values could be mapped.

    Other image formats provide for similar metadata: the PNG spec provides for
    various metadata, including an image description [1]; GIF and JPEG files
    provide for metadata and text comment storage.

    We request that, when the underlying platform supports the exposure of
    accessible names or descriptions, that an SVG Native renderer (RFC 2119) MUST
    expose their contents to the accessibility API.

    [1] https://www.w3.org/TR/PNG/#4Concepts.AncillInfo


    <end suggested comment>

    ***Action to Take***

    This CfC is now open for objection, comment, as well as statements of
    support via email. Silence will be interpreted as support, though
    messages of support are certainly welcome.

    If you object to this proposed action, or have comments concerning this
    proposal, please respond by replying on list to this message no later
    than 23:59 (Midnight) Boston Time, Wednesday 4 May.

    NOTE: This Call for Consensus is being conducted in accordance with the
    APA Decision Policy published at:

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/decision-policy


    We thank Paul Grenier for his assistance with crafting this comment, and for
    everyone's input during our teleconference discussions on this topic.

    best regards,


    Matthew and Janina
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    Matthew Tylee Atkinson (he/him)
    --
    Senior Accessibility Engineer
    TPG Interactive
    https://www.tpgi.com

    A Vispero Company
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