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Re: A few thoughts on using dynamic web pages to improve accessibility

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 14:08:58 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <199911102208.OAA01224@netcom.com>
To: charles@w3.org, phoenixl@netcom.com
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi, Charles

I probably should have been clearer about dynamic web pages.  What I
meant by the term was web pages which are generated dynamically.
I'll be more careful about that distinction in the future.


PS  I agree with many of your comments.

> Scott,
> I agree absolutely that it is possible in principle to have accesible dynamic
> pages. It is possible to do some things in practice, too. Currently there
> area numbe of problems to be solved:
> 1. The HTML 4.0 event model assumes a mouse and keyboard interface, which is
> a long way from optimal. Work on fixing that is currently taking place, most
> particularly in the DOM but also in other groups.
> 2. User Agents need to be able to cope with dynaimc content. Some do, some
> don't. One of the problems is letting the user know that there has been a
> change, while making sure taht they don't have to stop and listen to the page
> again every two seconds.
> 3. We need to do some work on how this happens in practies.
> 4. There is still a need to support legacy systems which do not have
> client-side facility for much in the way of dynamic content.
> All these things are being dealt with, and we are working towards some useful
> knowledge. At the same time, the possibility of dynamic content allows the
> possiblity of creating dynamic widgeets on the client side, for example to
> let the user know that there is form content after the submit button.
> Cheers
> Charles McCN
Received on Wednesday, 10 November 1999 17:10:01 UTC

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