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Re: Automated Accessibility Options

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 09:24:45 +1100
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Message-Id: <A72E7C3E-267C-11D7-B3E0-000A95678F24@sidar.org>

Hi Nick,

you should probably look at CC/PP [1] as similar work (it is about 
providing profiles of user agents to make sure they get sent 
appropriate content, which I think is pretty much what you are talking 
about). As far as I know there are no existing vocabularies which deal 
with user requirements other than basic hardware profiles, but the 
framework for them should work, and it would be, in my opinion, an 
important implementation demonstration.

[1] http://www.w3.org/Mobile/CCPP/



On Monday, Jan 13, 2003, at 09:03 Australia/Melbourne, Nick Kew wrote:

> This will work best if browsers are able to present the different
> options to users in an accessible manner.  For example, a browser
> could offer a hotkey that brings up a menu of options.  So when the
> text-only user encounters a long, rambling page, he might switch to
> the outline and select interesting subsections from there.
> Within limitations, I can make this work with existing browsers.
> But the ideal solution would be to introduce a new HTTP header
> that mod_accessibility will use to select a view:
> X-accessibility-view: none	(don't touch the content)
> X-accessibility-view: linear
> X-accessibility-view: outline
> X-accessibility-view: textonly
> X-accessibility-view: betsie
> etc.
> Likewise, the server can set a header to indicate the availability
> of accessibility options, activating the browser options for the site.
> Can any browser developers (or anyone else interested) let me know
> if you'd be interested in implementing a protocol like this?
> Or if there's any existing similar work to consider?
Charles McCathieNevile           charles@sidar.org
Fundación SIDAR                       http://www.sidar.org
Received on Sunday, 12 January 2003 17:25:47 UTC

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