Work via the list: role of authoring tools


Please continue brainstorming and discussing the questions below on this EOWG list.

Draft minutes from today's teleconference are at:


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Subject: role of authoring tools [Fwd: EOWG: Agenda for 7 July 2006 Teleconference]
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006 22:36:42 -0500
From: Shawn Henry <>
To: EOWG (E-mail) <>

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3. Messaging the importance of authoring tools
* Discuss strengthening the "messaging" through metaphor(s) and examples(s),  especially as it fits in with potential outreach campaigns and slide sets
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Questions for input via e-mail and discussion via teleconference:

1. Examples of authoring tools role -- especially simple, easy to understand examples that are powerful
1.a. What do authoring tools do now to help develop accessible content (e.g., when insert an image, open dialog box for alt text)?
1.b. What do authoring tools do now that hinder the development of accessible content?
1.c. What else could authoring tools reasonably do to significantly improve the development of accessible content -- especially things that would be fairly easy for authoring tools to do that would save developers/authors a lot of work?

2. Metaphors for:
2.a. A few 100 authoring tool vendors spending some effort to improve their tools, to help a few *million* developers/authors develop accessible content easier and quicker.
2.b. Improving authoring tools could make a huge difference in Web accessibility. (perhaps something like: "change the course of history"; or a little rudder changing the course of a large ship, a little bit controlling a horse, a little spark starting a huge forest fire[1]...)

3. Stats (for 2.a.)
- Rough idea of the number of authoring tools today?
- rough idea on the number of people developing Web pages?

Remember that authoring tools include content management systems (CMS), blog software, and many other types, including those listed at:

Please send comments to the list in addition to discussion at the teleconference.

~ Shawn

[1] idea from the Bible, James 3:3-5

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