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RE: opinions sought about RTF

From: Chuck Hitchcock <chitchcock@cast.org>
Date: Wed, 5 May 1999 15:17:55 -0400
To: "Al Gilman" <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, "John O'Rourke" <JOROURKE@fcc.gov>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NBBBKAJEGLHENOJJCLGHOEMCDKAA.chitchcock@cast.org>

I agree with comments made so far regarding RTF.  CAST has developed a text to
speech Reader for Windows that uses RTF as the default document format and
then uses the IE 4 or 5 component to read HTML.  We have much more control
over reading and highlighting mode combinations and over naviagation within
RTF documents than we do with HTML right now.  We also use the RTF to provide
a notes window next to the browser and, in that environment, can enable type
and talk for confirmation.

We are doing a lot of work right now to give us more control over the HTML but
it is difficult when a goal is to support low level readers with synchronized
highlighting, manual and automatic stepping, and various combinations of
defining a unit to be read and highlighted (e.g. word, chunk, sentence, line,
paragraph, etc.).

We intend to use both RTF and HTML and hope to achieve in HTML what we have
been already been able to do for two years in RTF.  We think they go well


Chuck Hitchcock, Director
Universal Design Lab (UDL)and
Product Development,
CAST, Inc.,
39 Cross Street, Peabody, MA 01960
Voice 978 531-8555
TTY 978 531-3110
Fax 978 531-0192
Received on Wednesday, 5 May 1999 15:17:53 UTC

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