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Re: crystal reports as html

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 13:10:58 -0500 (EST)
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Cc: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSO.4.40.0301281305200.29227-100000@ns1.seeto.com>

> A nice example of how this can be done automatically is in chapter 4 of
> the book "Constructing Accessible Websites" by Burks et al - the
> chapter is written by Jim Thatcher and demonstrates CORDA, a product
> that adds a trivial amount to your average spreadsheet in order to do a
> particularly nice job of this...

Again with the ellipses. Corda is the maker; the product is
PopChart, and is reasonably well known.


It does indeed "generate" words based on very simple spreadsheet
calculations, limited in many ways to the business genre of
illustration, which, while more heavily prized among office workers,
hardly encompasses the full range of graphs and charts, which, WAI
assumes, can always be neatly expressed in words.

This, of course, is the very point I was making: WAI has the
annoying habit of pretending it has wide-ranging topic knowledge
when, in fact, its members may have heard of a single example
obliquely sometime in their lives and pretend such an example is
universally applicable. Doesn't any member of WAI have a chemistry,
physics, or engineering degree?

My original challenge remains: "Take ten examples from each of
[Edward Tufte's] volumes and 'generate a textual explanation' of
them." Feel free to fire up PopChart if you wanna.


  Joe Clark  |  joeclark@joeclark.org
  Author, _Building Accessible Websites_
  <http://joeclark.org/access/> | <http://joeclark.org/book/>
Received on Tuesday, 28 January 2003 13:11:08 UTC

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