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Re: Accessible Documents - PDF vs. HTML

From: Dean Birkett | AssistiveWare <d.birkett@assistiveware.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:24:55 +0200
Cc: "J. Albert Bowden" <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>, w3c WAI List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <27DAA384-1E36-4AC9-B6DC-FE57DAD9BB36@assistiveware.com>
To: Olaf Drümmer <olaflist@callassoftware.com>
Learning Markdown might be a simpler solution. Yes, it is still something that has to be learned, but it is a lot simpler to write than HTML and it will be prone to less errors. https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/basics <https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/basics>


> On 16 Jun 2016, at 07:56, Olaf Drümmer <olaflist@callassoftware.com> wrote:
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> Are you kidding?
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> In all politeness, this is a completely unacceptable approach for most users. You are implying that one would have to learn to write HTML syntax (and if one would want to go beyond barebones presentation, CSS for styling etc., and then probably also the occiasonal ARIA attribute here and there). Can you envision any average Word user doing that? Most Word users are already struggling when someone asks them to use styles (as opposed to local formatting).
> 
> Or am I missing something?
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> Please come up with something more realistic.
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> Olaf
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> .
>> On 16.06.2016, at 05:14, J. Albert Bowden <jalbertbowden@gmail.com <mailto:jalbertbowden@gmail.com>> wrote:
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>> tools for working with HTML: any editor....literally any editor. you can use notepad in windows even! and i mean notepad, not notepad++, simply save the .txt document as .html instead.
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>> jedit has been my go to for nearly a decade now, sublime text is probably one of the most popular on the market, atom is editor created by github, brackets was created by adobe....just to name a few.
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>> tools for creating accessible HTML documents: w3c validators, tenion.io <http://tenion.io/>, accessibility project's resouces: http://a11yproject.com/resources.html <http://a11yproject.com/resources.html> and w3c's web accessibility evaluation tools https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/ <https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/>, to name a few.
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>> pro tip: using HTML properly will get you closer to accessible than anything else...not to take away from some of these tools, but properly using HTML reinforces accessibility, because HTML has some accessibility already baked in.
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>> On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 3:33 PM, Olaf Drümmer <olaflist@callassoftware.com <mailto:olaflist@callassoftware.com>> wrote:
>> It seems there is some agreement that HTML is  a good option, but Word is not the right tool to create HTML.
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>> Can anybody share which tools they use to make their accessible HTML files?
>> 
>> Olaf
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>> -- 
>> J. Albert Bowden II
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>> jalbertbowden@gmail.com <mailto:jalbertbowden@gmail.com>
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>> http://bowdenweb.com/ <http://bowdenweb.com/>
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