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Re: Potential clarification of Web Content/User Agent

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:11:47 +0100
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
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On 21/04/2017 13:55, David MacDonald wrote:
>>"without the need for it to be downloaded locally to a user's
> environment first (though even here issues of local cache for UAs may
> need to be at least aknowledged/outscoped). And a user agent is anything
> that can access and display/process web content directly from a URI
> without the need for it to be run locally, of sorts"
> You can see that its a difficult problem we struggled with, and I don't
> think this gets us much closer, and changing for perhaps minor
> improvement may just pick at the scab and cause all kinds of problems.

Sure, it may be a difficult problem. But since these are the *Web 
Content* Accessibility Guidelines, and all the introductory material for 
the spec talks about "Web content" everywhere, I think it would be nice 
to actually define this in a bit more detail to make sure it's clear 
what this whole spec actually applies to.

> The next version in Silver may just strip away the http part of it and
> talk about "Content" rather than web pages.
> Actually, the term "web content" is not in even ONE success criteria. It
> is used in the introduction and supporting material and definitions,
> which is why its in the glossary, but the SCs rely on the definition of
> Web Page which is more specific than the definition of web content. The
> key is URI.

Then maybe the definition of "Web content" should at least reference the 
definition of "Web page" perhaps.

Anyway, I know it's a small thing, but the fact we occasionally have to 
take a step back and ask "so what's *actually* web content / what is 
this spec applicable to" is possibly a sign that more clarity wouldn't 
go amiss.

Patrick H. Lauke

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