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Re: Editorial changes to Natural Language Interface Accessibility User Requirements

From: Joshue O'Connor <joconnor@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2022 16:48:41 +0000
To: "White, Jason J" <jjwhite@ets.org>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Cc: "public-rqtf@w3.org" <public-rqtf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <b435f6f5-c84d-a7d8-7c09-178c1300fbac@w3.org>
Hi all,

FYI, I had an interesting conversation with Judy earlier and we 
discussed the new updates to the NAUR/COGA branch. During the discussion 
we felt it could be useful to try a different approach to presenting the 
new 'COGA Accessibility' section.

I've done this in the branch, and renamed the related heading to 'Cross 
disability support'. I've included the text below for convenience:

You can see it in context here


<new text>

1.3 Cross disability support
For some disability types the requirements for authors and designers are 
straightforward. Having technical code specifications that map to 
accessibility requirements that can be tested and verified to see if 
certain statements are true or false, is at the hard of current 
accessibility testing and conformance checking. However, for some 
disability types this may be more of a support continuum rather than a 
binary model. A user interface that is responsive, and can be 
personalized to support shifting user needs depending on context, is a 
good example.

Current work in accessibility guidelines and standards is moving toward 
accommodating these new ways of measuring more subjective accessibility 
requirements that support the needs of people with disabilities but may 
not be easily measured in a binary fashion.

With this in mind, and in the context of Natural Language Interfaces, 
the design of the application should support the cognitive needs of 
users, including those who have learning or cognitive disabilities. Good 
practices such as discoverability, ease of use, and simple affordances, 
are important considerations in the design of the natural language 
interaction for all users and may require particular understanding when 
designing these interfaces.

</new text>

Comments and suggestions welcome, thanks.

Emerging Web Technology Specialist/Accessibility (WAI/W3C)
Received on Thursday, 3 March 2022 16:48:46 UTC

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