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Re: Accessibility of Amaya browser/editor

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 09:36:51 -0400
Message-Id: <4.1.19991018091520.00a74d90@pop3.concentric.net>
To: Victor Tsaran <vtsaran@yahoo.com>
Cc: WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Aloha, Kynn and Victor!

Actually the Amaya team has already pledged to make Amaya a Triple-A conformant
authoring tool, but the main barriers to their doing so in as expeditious a
manner as we (and they) would like are time and resources...  to quote a "Last
Call" comment on the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines", posted by Irene
Vatton, team lead for Amaya, and archived at

I read the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines and the accompanying
documents. I guess you did a great work.

There is only one point which embarrassed the Amaya team. It's the fact that
the ATAG refuses to consider an authoring tool which generates accessible
information but it's not itself accessible.

You can easily understand that the conformity will be harder to obtain for a
WYSIWYG authoring tool than a simple converter.

After a long internal discussion, the Amaya team finally agreed with that
position, considering that a WYSIWYG authoring tool should be compliant with
the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines too.

The Amaya team will follow authoring tool accessibility guidelines. Our plan is
to process step by step because we don't have the manpower to work at the same
time on the user interface, XML, CSS, I18N, HTTP and accessibility. If there is
a very very urgent thing that we have to introduce in the next November Amaya
release, please let we know. 


One thing to keep in mind is that Amaya -- which, by all accounts, is a pretty
incredible tool -- has been built by four individuals working in geographic
isolation...  So, what can you do to accelerate the process?  Since Amaya is
open source, you can download the source code and start hacking at it
yourself...  for more information about how you can contribute to Amaya's
development, consult:

You can learn more about Amaya in general from the Amaya portion of the W3C's
User Interface Domain:

He that lives on Hope, dies farting
     -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
   WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
Received on Monday, 18 October 1999 09:31:10 UTC

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