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RE: Editorial Survey #1 is up

From: Bailey Bruce <Bailey@Access-Board.gov>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 11:16:43 -0400
Message-ID: <23EB0B5A59FF804E9A219B2C4EF3AE3DA4877D@Access-Exch.Access-Board.gov>
To: "Christophe Strobbe" <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Sorry Christophe to be so harsh here...

> I hope this helps.

If there is a point to this exercise, it has to be that one *knows* that
an HTML version is available.  So I am not sure how productive working
from Google key word hits will be.

> I tested this with PDF, but scenarios with other file types are also

For the sake of our experiments, I concur that we are try to find HTML
versions from PDFs.  It is only for the sake of argument that we are
making the fairly presumption assumption that the PDFs are not
accessible, and the equally outrageous leap of faith that the HTML
version are.

> turns up the document at
> http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/iel5/9716/30679/01421586.pdf

>From the title I found this page, which makes me think that this
document is available *only* as PDF.
Since I am not an IEEE member, your URL redirected me to a logon page.
Is this an example of the same technology we would like to have direct
people to accessible versions?

> The same search also turns up the document at
> http://www.iovs.org/cgi/reprint/48/5/2383.pdf

Same problem.

> I eventually got to the page at 
> which contains a link to the above PDF file, but not to an HTML

Right, which implies pretty strongly than an HTML version does *not*

> A Google search for "monotype chronicles" in the domain
"www.monotypefonts.com" only finds the PDF version.

The URL hacking and search methods all assume than an HTML version
exists.  If an accessible version does not exist, then the  site fails.
The question is about how reasonable it is to get to the accessible
version from the inaccessible alternate version.  The question presumes
an accessible version exists, so these failures are not so helpful for
invalidating the approach.  Likewise, the one success does not prove the
techniques acceptable.
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