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Re: Web Application Accessibility

From: Mark Novak <menovak@facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 11:16:10 -0600
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To: uaccess-l@trace.wisc.edu
Cc: empower@SMART.NET, po@trace.wisc.edu, jn@tommy.demon.co.uk, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
hi Al and John

Microsoft already has information, etc., in their web site
builder workshop area regarding HTAs, or HTML Applications. 

Is this what you are referring to?

At 03:27 PM 3/20/99 -0500, Al Gilman wrote:
>Yes, John, this is on the radar screen of the WAI.  Not that we have a
>slick answer ready to go. 
>I have copied <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> which is where to send issues that the
>WAI should address and you don't know who is working on them.
>At 09:45 AM 3/20/99 +0000, John Nissen wrote:
>>Hello Jamal, Gregg, et al,
>>If today is as it was last year at CSUN, the WAI (W3C's web accessibility
>>initiative) will be meeting this afternoon.
>>Microsoft has been talking more and more about web applications,
>>as opposed to desktop applications.  We need to be in at the
>>start on this.  Web applications present a browser interface to
>>the user, but allow dynamic interaction with the user.   It is
>>this area of dynamic interaction where there are no accessibility 
>>guidelines.  To my knowledge there are no guidelines even on the 
>>design of forms, the most primitive means of allowing the user to 
>>provide input.
>>So when we talk about "Universal Design" it needs to be applied
>>to web applications, and we need WAI show how universal design
>>principles can be applied in practice.
>>Any chance of putting this on the agenda?
>>Cheers from Chiswick,
>>Here are some extracts from Jamal's message, for reference.
>>In message <199903181538.KAA22592@gemini.smart.net> Jamal Mazrui writes:
>>>The council reinforced the importance of having input early on
>>>in the product development cycle..
>>>No more retrofitting! Universal frustration over the catch-up
>>>necessary when new versions of software are released prompted
>>>many council members to ask how they can make sure that
>>>accessibility is built into the product from the very start.
>>>Raikes, one of the top leaders in the company [Microsoft], offered a
>>>two-pronged solution: first, proactive productive design-that
>>>is, incorporating accessibility issues at milestone zero, the
>>>first step in the product development cycle; and, second,
>>>establishing a good feedback loop.
>>>Universal design. David Clarke of the Center for Applied Special
>>>Technology (CAST) made the point that selling accessible or
>>>universal design as good design may be the best way to integrate
>>Access the word, access the world       Tel/fax +44 181 742 3170/8715
>>John Nissen                             Email to jn@tommy.demon.co.uk
>>Cloudworld Ltd., Chiswick, London, UK   http://www.tommy.demon.co.uk
Received on Tuesday, 23 March 1999 12:20:21 UTC

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