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re: skill level

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 14:54:16 -0500 (EST)
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
cc: love26@gorge.net, au <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.9911301452310.12459-100000@tux.w3.org>
No, you haven't met the goal. You fail 7.1 by failing to make your tool
generaly accessible (probably by a failure to use standard components and
APIs, which would be a way of stopping the braille from working).

CHarles McCN

On Tue, 30 Nov 1999, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

  At 08:17 AM 11/30/1999 , William Loughborough wrote:
  >So long as "skill level" is not confused with "ability level" I have no
  >problem with what I've been seeing.  It is vital to use our
  >recommendations in an attempt to make *any* software that is used as a
  >tool to publish materials on the Web, _including such things as word
  >processors with a "save to Web" feature_, be made to: produce output
  >that conforms to WCAG; be tools that are accessible to (usable by) PWDs.
  >The latter point is of *MAJOR* importance inasmuch as the WWW is the
  >vehicle for attaining inclusion.
  Dumb question, if I'm someone who works extensively in the field of
  software for users who are visually impaired, and I make a special
  purpose authoring tool for someone who can't see -- which relies 
  on extensive aural cues (and doesn't work that well with a braille
  terminal) -- have I met your goal or not met your goal?  It can be
  used by (some) PWDs, but not all PWDs; is it therefore an invalid
  tool according to our ATAG?
  I forget, did we answer this?  If so, feel free to refer me back to
  the archives or summarize an answer, we have enough stuff to worry
  about at present if this has been covered.
  Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
  President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
  AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/

--Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org  phone: +61 409 134 136
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