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Re: Opinions on accessible time formatting

From: <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 01:30:27 +0100
To: Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo <coordina@sidar.org>, "'Mattes, Kurt X1'" <kurt.x1.mattes@chase.com>, 'Andy Keyworth' <akeyworth@tbase.com>, 'WAI Interest Group' <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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07.11.2014, 19:37, "Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo" <coordina@sidar.org>:
> I think that the most "accesible" is the international format: yyyy/mm/dd,
> for example: 2014/11/07
> This can be understood by any person in any language.
> And for the hours the 24 hours format: 23:00

This is fine for *most of the world*.

Unfortunately Americans are especially unlikely to understand either of these formats. Like telling them someone is 150cm tall - they just don't know what that means.

Or like telling most of the world that someone is 6 feet 4 and weighs 16 stone.

It turns out not to be directly accessible to people.

> See the ISO 8601 "Data elements and interchange formats — Information
> interchange — Representation of dates and times"

The problem is that people don't have browsers that can pick up measurements and translate them to things the user will actually understand.

Sounds like a useful thing for schema.org to help with, actually.


> Regards,
> Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo
> Patrono y Directora General
> Fundación Sidar - Acceso Universal
> Email: coordina@sidar.org
> Personal: Emmanuelle@sidar.org
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> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: Mattes, Kurt X1 [mailto:Kurt.X1.Mattes@chase.com]
> Enviado el: viernes, 07 de noviembre de 2014 15:50
> Para: chaals@yandex-team.ru; Andy Keyworth; 'WAI Interest Group'
> Asunto: RE: Opinions on accessible time formatting
> Agree with Chaals and only add that consistency in the way it is presented
> is an important part of comprehending any information that is commonly
> presented in various ways.
> Thanks,
> Kurt Mattes
> VP - Electronic Communications Accessibility Team | JPMorgan Chase & Company
> -----Original Message-----
> From: chaals@yandex-team.ru [mailto:chaals@yandex-team.ru]
> Sent: Friday, November 07, 2014 7:00 AM
> To: Andy Keyworth; 'WAI Interest Group'
> Subject: Re: Opinions on accessible time formatting
> OK, I'll bite
> 04.11.2014, 16:12, "Andy Keyworth" <akeyworth@tbase.com>:
>>  Hi,
>>  I'm hoping I can get some advice on how expressions of time can be
>>  accessibly formatted on web pages.
>>  For example, is 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. considered (generally)
>>  acceptable, or would 11:00 am or 2:00 pm (without periods between
>>  letters) be preferable? Is another format better?
> As far as I know, these are pretty much equal in reality.
> (Note that date formats are different. You do a lot better for most people
> using DD Month YYYY, e.g. 12 November 2014 than any shorthand. But I doubt
> that is news).
> cheers
>>  Thank you,
>>  Andy Keyworth
>>  Senior Web Accessibility Specialist
>>  T-Base Communications
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