Re: rough draft intro to guidelines

Thanks Jim,
I will look at it and incorporate it into the new version of the guidelines.

At 10:58 AM 9/16/98 -0500, James Allan wrote:
>Comments Please
>The General Principles should be Number 1 or a preamble rather than 2 in
>hierarchy of the guidelines to stress their importance and seminal basis for
>the guidelines that follow them.
>As General Principles, it was decided that they should be general-we
>attempted to remove references to specific techniques or guidelines that are
>covered in-depth in the guidelines.
>General principles of accessible design
>The guidelines in this document have been organized around the following
>general principles of accessible user agent (browser) design:
>1. UA has an Accessible User Interface
>1.1 The UA provides the same means of use (is accessible and usable) for all
>users: identical whenever possible; equivalent when not.
>1.2 The UA design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and
>abilities such as: redundancy of controls, menu and keyboard equivalents, no
>mouse only controls.
>1.3 Controls are arranged consistent with their importance.
>1.4 Provides effective prompting and feedback during and after task
>1.5 Allows the user to customize or configure the UA controls to meet their
>1.6 UA interface is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience,
>knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
>1.7 Uses different modes (pictorial or verbal) for redundant presentation of
>1.8 Differentiates control elements in ways that can be described (i.e.,
>make it easy to give instructions or directions).
>1.9 Provides compatibility with a variety of techniques or "third-party
>assistive technology" devices.
>2. The UA renders information in an accessible form:
>2.1 UA provides multiple user customizable modes of output (information
>rendering) to meet their needs.
>2.2 Provides access to and selection of all alternate representations of
>information within a web page.
>2.3 Allow users to override author/UA presentation modes.
>2.4 Allow redundant (multiple) methods of document navigation. At a minimum,
>provide navigation through keyboard at all times.
>2.5 Provide web page orientation information (overview-# of links, # of
>images, etc.) so the user can quickly grasp content and context.(this one
>may be too specific, can't find the "general way" to say it.)
>Kitch and Jim
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
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