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Re: Comments and questions on latest UA guidelines

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Mar 1999 20:30:13 -0500
Message-Id: <199903070127.UAA1646395@relay.interim.iamworld.net>
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>, claws@us.ibm.com, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
At 04:10 PM 3/6/99 -0500, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>
>Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>> 
>> Some comment/response pairs snipped entirely. My annotations begin CMN:
>> 
>>   >5.3.3 [Priority 1]
>>   >     Allow the user to search for a link based on its attribute values.
>>   >5.5.4 [Priority 1]
>>   >     Allow the user to search for a form control based on its attribute
>>   >values.
>>   >
>>   >CL: I have seen several questions about which attribute values but no
>>   >answers. We are really interested in knowing which specific attribute
>>   >values an end user would be interested in searching for.  Should these
>>   >checkpoints really be  a priority 1?
>> 
>> CMN: probably not. (In my opinion).

This capability may be more critical than it at first appears.  The
critical failure in Lynx was when people could not find SUBMIT buttons even
though they clearly said SUBMIT in the rendered text.  It turns out that
the text 'SUBMIT' was not content but an element attribute.  Anything that
is going to show should be included in the text which can be found by a
search.  I don't know how to reword the checkpoint right away but this is
the capability that may yet merit Priority 1.

Al
Received on Saturday, 6 March 1999 20:27:12 UTC

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