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Re: System API checkpoint issue

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 10:24:55 -0600
Message-Id: <4.1.19991116102303.00c207d0@staff.uiuc.edu>
To: schwer@us.ibm.com
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
I will put it on the issue list.  I would like to make sure that we go
through the techniques document, so I cannot garuantee that we will discuss
it this week.  


At 09:53 AM 11/16/99 -0600, schwer@us.ibm.com wrote:
>I had a brief meeting with the IBM web browser team and we discussed
>Mozilla accessibility. Mozilla is designed as a cross-platform solution
>even though it is compiled for each platform. It turns out that all
>components including the application chrome can be accessed through their
>DOM. Our guidelines state that we need to use the system-provided
>accessibility features like MSAA however they also require that we use the
>DOM albeit for the actual document.
>The conclusion of the meeting was that the User Agent guidelines should
>allow for cross-platform accessibility through DOM 2 as a minimum since
>this will utimately be a W3C standard providing the solution provider can
>clearly define how an assistive technology would interact with the DOM to
>provide an accessible solution. I believe that cross-platform accessibility
>is a more important issue given that it can enable assistive technology
>solutions on other OS platforms and devices. Support for device
>independence and standard I/O API and all other requirements would still
>apply naturally.
>I would like to raise this issue for the next meeting.
>Rich Schwerdtfeger
>Lead Architect, IBM Special Needs Systems
>EMail/web: schwer@us.ibm.com http://www.austin.ibm.com/sns/rich.htm
>"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
>I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.",

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Chair, W3C WAI User Agent Working Group
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
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