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Re: HDP: Revised "Support Existing Content" Principle

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 21:51:16 -0400
To: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <20070927013732.M1422@hicom.net>

aloha, marghanita!

there are many excellent internal (W3C) resources to assist you in 
fleshing out the final phrase of your counter-proposal and in gaining 
a better understanding of how assistive technologies work with web 
technologies, amongst which are:

1. Accessibility Features of HTML4
   * http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/HTML4-access
   * http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS-access.html/

2. Components of Web Accessibility:
   * http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/components.php

3. Alternative Web Browsing
   * http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/Browsing

i have attempted to collect such material in the HTML wiki page
located at:


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---------- Original Message -----------
From: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au>
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
Sent: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:41:43 +1000
Subject: Re: HDP: Revised "Support Existing Content" Principle

> Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
> > aloha, maciej!
> <snip>
> > here is my proposed text again:
> > 
> > "Browsers should retain support for residual/legacy markup designed 
> > a specific purpose, such as accessibility. internationalization or 
> > independence. Simply because new technologies and superior mechanisms 
> > have been identified, not all of them have been implemented. 
> > disabled users are more likely to be users of "legacy technology" 
> > it is the only technology that interacts correctly with third-party 
> > assistive technologies."
> <snip>
> I am not familiar with Assistive Technologies and from this 
> paragraph am unsure whether there is markup aimed specifically 
> at Assistive Technologies or whether the way a browser 
> interprets markup enables assistive technologies.
> However, I think I get the intent of covering this under the 
>  "Supporting Existing (pre-HTML5) Content Principle" but 
> wondered if rephrasing it along the following lines would be 
> more consistent with the principles document.
> "Some/Many Webpages include of markup which needs to be 
> interpreted in a specific way by Browsers (or directs browsers 
> to behave in a particular way), to enable the page to be 
> translated/interpreted correctly by Assistive Technologies such 
> as screen readers. Examples of such markup are...."
> Marghanita
> -- 
> Marghanita da Cruz
> http://www.ramin.com.au
> Phone: (+61)0414 869202
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