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RE: XSL and document transformations for XML accessibility

From: T. V. Raman <raman@Adobe.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 08:19:52 -0800
Message-Id: <199711261619.IAA00717@labrador>
To: "Pawson, David" <DPawson@rnib.org.uk>
Cc: "'raman@Adobe.COM'" <raman@Adobe.COM>, Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>, WAI HC Working Group <w3c-wai-hc@w3.org>
In my experience attempting short-term hacks typically
results in the short-term hack hanging around far longer
than the perpetrator intended -- and the XML to HTML4.0
projection if done in the name of accessibility will haunt
us for a long time.

Here are a few kluges that would emerge and hang around:

Today's accessibility mechanisms in HTML4.0 and CSS1.x
are not necessarily the best solutions and one needs to bend
over backwards in providing access to certain kinds of
structured information --the best example is tables.

I shudder to think of the kind of hacks people would come up
with in order to take a richly structured data record in XML
to a "accessible HTML table".

Best Regards,

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Received on Wednesday, 26 November 1997 11:19:08 UTC

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