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Re: Last Call AU: presentation order

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 15:35:23 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@acm.org>
cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.9910231533120.8511-100000@tux.w3.org>
We address this problem through reference to the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines, most obviously in guideline 1.

An example of an authoring tool that handles this in an advanced way is
Microsoft Word, which allows the creation of various headers and footers, and
columnar text, but can reproduce a linear flow order.


Charles McCathieNevile

On Sun, 3 Oct 1999, Leonard R. Kasday wrote:

  <fontfamily><param>Times New Roman</param><bigger>When style sheets are
  used, the order in which items appear visually can be different than the
  order in which they appear in the HTML source, which is the order in
  which a blind person would hear them (at least with current browsers). 
  WYSIWYG editors tend to make the orders different whenever the user
  starts moving things around,  and  hand-crafted HTML can be just as 
  In fact, in a 2-dimensional graphical layout, "the order" is not always
  obvious. defined, or best suited to the needs of blind surfers.
  Therefore, when sections of the page have an order controlled by a style
  sheet, the tool needs a way to independently control the order in which
  those sections appear in the HTML.  The result would be displayed in a
  separate window, with means to showing what corresponds to what, just
  like in the email with subject: " Last call AU: simultaneous
  I think this would best fit under guideline 1.  
  I'd give it a priority 1.  It addresses the biggest hassle I'm currently
  facing as I try to transfer newsletters from a major desktop publishing
  program  to a web site.
  Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
  Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
  Department of Electrical Engineering
  Temple University
  Ritter Hall Annex, Room 423, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  (215) 204-2247 (voice)
  (800) 750-7428 (TTY)

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