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Accessibility-Supported or -Supporting?

From: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:16:39 -0800
Message-ID: <479A2787.10004@csulb.edu>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

The Reason to repace accessibility-supported with accessibility-supporting-

Accessibility supported would be valid if it was defined in terms of 
what has been done to a technology to achieve interoperability with 
assistive technologies and their hosting user agents.  If this is what 
is meant then the definition should state what has been done, i.e. it 
identifies roles through ARIA or it has been developed to support 
particular API's.  

The definition of Accessibility Supported is not stated this way.  It 
describes how the technology should behave when it operates with 
assistive technology and hosting user agents.  The only action that has 
been done to the web technology in the definition is that it has been 
tested for appropriate behavior with users' assistive technologies and 
user agents.  The appropriate behavior is using accessible interfaces 
that assistive technologies and user agents recognize -present tense.  
The way to make a noun phrase that is present tense is to add "ing" to 
the verb.  

For a grammatically correct name the concept should either be defined in 
terms of what has been done (accessibility-supported) or name needs to 
change to what it does (accessibility-supporting).  Right now the name 
does not fit the definition.  One has to change.  The easiest change is 
the name: accessibility-supporting.

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