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Guidance on describing chemistry content

From: Noble, Stephen <steve.noble@pearson.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:17:05 +0000
To: Chemistry CG <public-chem-web-pub@w3.org>
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I mentioned in our meeting yesterday some of the old work on image description the predates common access to digital content. One of the resources I had in mind, "Larry's Speakeasy<https://www.osti.gov/biblio/5792874>" (1983) only addressed math. I was thinking it might have had a section on chemistry, but it doesn't. I have a PDF on my PC and confirmed it only addresses math.

I believe that an even earlier resource, the Tape Recording Manual<https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/9186803?selectedversion=NBD1544769> (1979) published by the National Braille Press, has some content on chemistry, but I only have the math excerpts on my PC. I requested a copy of the full manual on Interlibrary Loan, but it may take a while to get that, so we'll have to wait and see on that one.

In the mean time, another resource to consult is the much newer "NWEA Image Description Guidelines for Assessments<https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2017/06/Image-Description-Guidelines-for-Assessments-2017.pdf>" (2017) which was produced in partnership with the National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH. Part 5. "Science" begins on page 76, and includes several examples of chemical content. This may be helpful as we gather a corpus of what has been done thus far.

Hope this helps,


Steve Noble
Instructional Designer, Accessibility
Psychometrics & Testing Services


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