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Re: October 4 Guideline suggested modifications

From: <schwer@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 10:26:00 -0500
To: ij@w3.org
cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-ID: <85256802.0054EB42.00@d54mta08.raleigh.ibm.com>

Here are my suggested modifications to the latest user agent guidelines:

1. In the first paragraph of the abstract you need to remove from:

,assistive technologies (screen readers, ...) to the end of the paragraph. You
may want to include authoring tools as this can be considered a user agent.

2. Third paragraph of abstract:

In the line that ends with (MathML). you should append as well as system
specific implementation techniques.

3. In the introduction:

In the last sentence of this section you will want to remove from "dependent
user agents such as screen readers" to the end of the sentence.

This is because we no longer address dependent user agents.

4. Checkpoint 1.6: What output device API are you referring to? Are you talking
about the GDI layer in Windows or the SAPI API. This is not clear.

5. Checkpoint 2.2. Replace and/or with and.

6. Add a Checkpoint 2.9 that states:

Maintain consistent keyboard action functionality with each user agent software
release. (Priority 2 or 3)

7. Checkpoint 3.2

Remove the first sentence. Modify the second sentence to:

"Ensure that the user has access to the content to an element selected by the
user either through programmatic means by a dependent user agent or directly if
your solution is a Voice Browser.

8. Checkpoint 3.6. Comment: Why would you do this? Is it to aggravate the page
author for not following accessibility guidelines?

9. Guideline 4 second paragraph

Typo: Replace recognizes with recognize.

10. Checkpoint 4.5

Should be reworded to say "selectively turn on and off" This could be
interpreted as all or nothing.

11. Checkpoint 4.12

"with screen readers" should be replaced with "of some screen readers"

12. Add a new Checkpoint 6.7

6.7 Support plug-in and virtual machine system conventions for loading and
running an assistive technology. For example, the Sun Java virtual machine
supports loading and running of assistive technologies. (priority 1)

13. Remove Checkpoint 8.3. This is no longer applicable.

14. Remove Checkpoint 9.2 or reword it to only encompass voice browsers.

15. Remove Checkpoint 9.3. This is no longer applicable.

16. Remove Checkpoints 9.4 and 9.9 or modify it to only encompass voice


Rich Schwerdtfeger
Lead Architect, IBM Special Needs Systems
EMail/web: schwer@us.ibm.com http://www.austin.ibm.com/sns/rich.htm

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