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Re: to classify dictionaries and stylesheets, view them as relations

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 10:55:49 +1000 (AEST)
To: WAI HC Working Group <w3c-wai-hc@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.95.970921104033.5707D-100000@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>
Once again taking Al's lead, there is no doubt that greater flexibility is
achieved by classifying dictionaries in terms of the types of data which
they contain. Thus, if the user agent is informed (via REL and/or CLASS),
in advance of fetching the dictionary file, of the kinds of entries which
it offers, then the software can decide, on whatever basis is most
appropriate, whether to access the resource and, if so, how to process it.
Thus, a speech-based user agent might be configured to respond to
dictionaries containing abbreviations and/or pronunciation data, which
would then be relied upon during the conversion of the associated document
into an audio rendering (audio formatting).

If other members of this WG are supportive of this solution, then it
merely remains for us to work out the implementation details so that a
precise recommendation can be made. What we need, I think, is a key word
such as DICTIONARY, followed by a provision for a list of dictionary data
types to be given (either in the REL attribute along with the DICTIONARY
key word, or in the CLASS attribute). There is no need to define
exhaustively the types of dictionary data for which designators should be
reserved, but it would be best to name a few, such as "abbreviation",
"pronunciation" (or "phonetic"), "definition", "etymology", etc. We should
highlight those which are of most benefit to people with disabilities.
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