MIME types


The ER working group is creating techniques that evaluation and repair 
tools can use to determine or help the author determine if elements on a 
Web page conform to WCAG 1.0.  [1]

One technique is, "Verify that the page is usable when programmatic objects 
are disabled."  This means that it must first identify programmatic 
objects.  We had assumed that we could identify which OBJECT elements 
included programmatic objects by looking at the "type" or "codetype" 
attribute.  However, there is not a type defined for Java or Flash in the 
current list of MIME types [2]. I had expected to find a subcategory of 
application for Java and flash.

Should this be taken to the HTML working group?  Have we overlooked something?

Perhaps we should say that OBJECTs with type="application/*" are potential 
programmatic objects?  We don't want to limit it only to Java and flash, 
but I expect a lot of what we'll be seeing is Java or flash and if we know 
that is what we have we could suggest specific techniques for those 


[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/IG/ert/
[2] ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/iana/assignments/media-types/media-types
wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
madison, wi usa
tel: +1 608 663 6346

Received on Wednesday, 23 February 2000 11:32:40 UTC