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WAI slides instructions

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 22:56:31 -0500
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CC: "w3t-wai@w3.org" <w3t-wai@w3.org>

Now that we have multiple "slide sets" (WAI-AGE slides coming soon), we need to consider the best way to provide instructions for them.

Goals include:
1. minimize information repeated on multiple pages (both to simplify maintenance and to limit clutter for users) 
2. provide important information without users having to go to multiple pages
3. make clear targets for links (e.g., links to a specific presentation go to a dedicated page instead of a subsection of a larger page)

Based on these goals, I propose the following for consideration:

* WAI Presentations page (http://www.w3.org/WAI/presentations/) includes:
- IMPORTANT: Notes Section
- Permission and Reference
- Advice for Presenters
- ...

* The cover page for each "slide set" ( e.g., http://www.w3.org/WAI/presentations/WCAG20_benefits/ ) includes:
- IMPORTANT: Notes Section
- link to Advice for Presenters
- link to Permission and Reference
- Contents Overview
- Who Develops the Presentation

The reason for repeating the "IMPORTANT: Notes Section" is that people could open the presentation format version and not see the Notes at all. The Notes are essential for these presentations, both for self-study and for presenters.

* The slides themselves (e.g., http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/slides/WCAG2_benefits-new.ppt):
- point to the cover page in the first slide and in the last slide
- Include a Source Material slide (such as slide 32 in ppt above)
- The title slide Notes section has:
Note to presenters: Remember that some people may not be able to see the slides, for example, people who are blind or people listening to an audio-only recording of the presentation. Make sure that you say all of the information that is on each slide. See Advice for Presenters at http://www.w3.org/WAI/presentations/#presenters


Another option would be to eliminate the cover pages for each slide set, and have all the information on one page. I drafted an example of that at http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/slides/intro-all
A significant drawback to that approach is that links to a specific presentation would not have a clear target. That is, if there is a link to the presentation (in a web page, or you want to give it in e-mail), where would it go? To the top of the page? Users might not easily find the presentation they are interested in in the list. O to the lower section where that presentation is described? Users might miss the important information at the top. In any case, the page title and h1 would be generic instead of for the specific presentation.


Please send comments on this proposal and the sample pages to the EOWG list, for discussion at the teleconference.


Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
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