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RE: Suggested editorial amendment- Dependent User Agents

From: Denis Anson <danson@miseri.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 15:00:56 -0400
To: "Ian Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>, "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
Cc: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>, "User Agent Guidelines Emailing List" <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
So, under this definition, dependent user agents are, specifically,
assistive technologies that are designed to work specifically with browsers.
In that case, as noted earlier, Home Page Reader would be a dependent user
agent only, while JAWS would be AT, since it does more than work with an
underlying browser.  Dependent user agents are focused, AT is more diffuse.
If we are to use the term Dependent User Agent as the generic term of
interest, we should specify that the term also applies to the functionality
of a more general assistive technology that is specific to its interaction
with a graphical user agent.  The basic term should include the focused
products as well as the more diffuse one, but we are only making
recommendations about the functionality with regard to Web access.

Denis Anson, MS, OTR
Assistant Professor
College Misericordia
301 Lake St.
Dallas, PA 18612

Member since 1989:
RESNA: An International Association of Assistive Techology Professionals
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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ua-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ua-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Ian Jacobs
Sent: Friday, October 22, 1999 1:35 AM
To: Charles McCathieNevile
Cc: Gregory J. Rosmaita; User Agent Guidelines Emailing List
Subject: Re: Suggested editorial amendment

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> Perhaps - I didn't recall that happening (but I haven't checked the

I don't recall it either. I think that what the current draft says is:

1) Assistive technology is a general term that includes software and
2) Dependent user agent is one type of AT that depends on other UAs for
   (and some rendering?)

I'd like AT to appear in the glossary and in the introduction once (as
umbrella for Dependent UAs). After that, dependent UA should appear

 - Ian

> Charles
> On Fri, 22 Oct 1999, Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
>   aloha, charles!
>   i thought that that was something agreed upon in redmond and reconfirmed
>   wednesday's telecon, right?
>   gregory.
>   Charles McCN wrote:
>   >use the phrase "assistive technology" instead of "dependent user agent"
>   >or less every time the latter currently occurs.
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