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Raw minutes from 30 March UA teleconf

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 15:35:11 -0500
Message-ID: <38E3BA7F.FEB16837@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
WAI UA Teleconf
30 Mar 2000

 Jon Gunderson (Chair)
 Ian Jacobs (Scribe)
 David Poehlman
 Mark Novak
 Kitch Barnicle
 Charles McCathieNevile
 Gregory Rosmaita
 Dick Brown
 Mickey Quenzer

 Harvey Bingham
 Rich Schwerdtfeger

Next teleconference:      6 March
Next face-to-face:        10-11 April

Agenda [1]

0) Ian comments on document:

 - Integrated some comments from Mark Novak.
 - Wrote long descriptions.

 IJ: I will publish a new one after the face-to-face.

1) Review Open Action Items

   1.IJ: Ensure that UA FAQ makes the EO WG agenda. 

      Status: Done.

   2.IJ: Reuse questions from ATAG FAQ. 

      Status: Done.

   3.IJ: Coordinate other longdescs for techniques documents with JG. 

      Status: Longdescs finished.

   4.JG: Get MN and RS to review Appendix 5. 

      Status: MN Done.

   5.DA: Review techniques for Guidelines 7 and 8 

   6.DB: Get Tim Lacy to review G+ 

      Status: Not done.

   7.DB: Review techniques for Guidelines 3, 4, and 11 

      Status: Not done.

   8.DP: Review techniques for Guidelines 1 and 2 

      DP: I'm reviewing the whole document, will send comments.

   9.GR: Talk to Paul Schrader at AFB (re: testimonials).

      Status: Done. He will contribute one. And, as editor
      of "Access World" magazine, can accommodate an article
      on the Guidelines. 
      IJ: If you speak or write on behalf of W3C, please contact
          me (as part of the W3C Comm Team).

  10.GR: Look into which checkpoints would benefit from audio 
         examples in the techniques document. 

     Status: Not done, but obviously HPR and JFW ones.

     DP: Note that there is a multimedia presentation at the
         JFW Web site.

  11.GR: Review techniques for Sections 3.7 and 3.8 

     GR: I sent comments on documentation, but others not done.

  12.MQ: Review techniques for Guidelines 9 and 10 

     Status: Not done.

2) Announcements 

   1. FTF meeting 10-11 April 2000 at RFBD in Princeton, NJ

      IJ: Six registered today. Deadline for registration 5 April.

      JG: Al Gilman may come. Rich may come.
      DP: I still don't know.

      MN: I still don't know.

      DB: Don't know if Tim Lacy will attend yet.

3) Proposed recommendation update 

   IJ: Still no "no" reviews. One comment on post-REC tracking
       of user agents. I request that this be discussed at the

3) FAQ questions 

    JG: This is now in the hands of the EO, who discussed this
        at the face-to-face.

   CMN: I was at the EO meeting. They wanted more general
        questions, and came up with a bunch. Wendy and Chuck
        Letourneau took minutes.

    JG: At CG meeting, Judy made it sound like EO would take care
        of the questions.

   CMN: For ATAG, we sent some stuff to EO and they dealt with it.
        In the end, I think just Jutta and I verified that nothing
        was drastically wrong.

    JG: I don't know whether we need two sets of FAQs (for
        media, for developers).

   CMN: I think it would be a useful document to have for developers.
        Useful for new readers of the guidelines. 

    IJ: Yes, an executive summary, for example.

    Action IJ: Draft a preliminary executive summary/mini-FAQ for
        developers. (No deadline.)

4) Implementaton Report 

    IJ: I still intend to talk to Tantek Çelik about IE on the MAC.

    DB: I will continue to pursue my MAC contact.

    JG: No information from Denis on this. I have an iMac now and
        could do a run through the Guidelines. 

5) PR#207: Interpretation checkpoint 2.1

    JG: Question raised by Phill Jenkins about whether a source
        view would satisfy checkpoint 2.1.

    JG: My understanding is that the user be able to choose which
        content it wants rendered. 

    /* IJ reviews definitions of content and rendered content */

    IJ: We've discussed 2.1 recently and decided not to reduce
       to through the UI only. Instead, added a cross-link to


   CMN: Haven't we discussed before whether source was sufficient

    DP: I think it isn't, since you're required to read the markup.

   CMN: In ATAG, the tool is supposed to provide access to content
        through the UI.

    IJ: I believe from the previous discussion on this that we
        did not want to make this a stronger requirement to make
        available all content for humans through the UI (at some
        point). In the 2 March teleconference (as I recall), we did
        not want to make such a change.

    JG: Do our other checkpoints make the source view irrelevant
        if its not accessible? Do you satisfy 2.1 with one feature,
        or with a set of features?

    IJ: Sounds like the "alternative equivalent page" case.

    CMN: For HTML, you have to provide access to text content of
         elements, images, titles, etc. Those things collectively
         are what you must provide access to. You could have 39
         powertools that work together, or offer a general solution.

    GR: I don't think that 2.1 is not satisfied by a source view.

    CMN: I agree.

     JG: Then what does satisfy this?

     IJ: I proposed that 2.1 be clarified to be "through the UI"
         and this was rejected. 

     JG: Is 2.1 a collection of a bunch of things?
     IJ: I think that the source view and and question of 
         2.1 through the user interface are orthogonal.

        - I think 2.1 is the general case. (There are other
          specific checkpoints for access to particular types of

        - A source view and the rest of the UI are different
          kinds of beasts, and we need to make that clear in
          the document.

        Process suggestion: We flag this as an important issue
        on the mailing list and we attempt to find there 
        further input to have a clear resolution. Say explicitly
        that resolution will come from list input.

    DP: What would we leave out by reducing scope of 2.1 to 
        user interface only?

    MN: Difficult for me to draw the line.

    KB: I don't understand the trade-off. Does all content 
        meant for humans mean through all modalities?

    MQ: The phrase "meant for humans" is not explicit enough.

   CMN: I think 2.1 should be limited to human-intended content
        through the UI. But the implication is: whether you require
        a source view. I can use a source view for information,
        but not all users can read markup. Having a source view
        is valuable, but using the source view as the way that
        you are expected to get information intended for people is
        not sufficient.

    DB: I think that there's a possibility (notably in the future)
        for markup meant for devices so that when rendered, provides

    IJ: That's what scripts do today (e.g., generate a list of

   CMN: Non-renderable information is the sort of thing that
        a source view is reasonable to use to provide access (for
        skilled users). Stuff that's intended to be rendered should
        be rendered for humans.

    DP: I like having a source view available as a coder.

    MQ: I think that we're saying is that the source view is
        not sufficient for average users.

    CMN: It's not appropriate what is "renderable content". It's
        appropriate (and may be a requirement) for making available
        machine-readable content.
     Proposed: A note that says "A source view is not sufficient
      for providing access to content that is meant to be rendered
      for humans."

     DB: I have problems with this since there may content
         intended for people but not for all user agents. Any kind of
         content can be considered renderable.

     JG: We're not asking all browsers to support speech. 

    CMN: Longdesc is a good example of this. In the source, longdesc
         is a URI (it's meant for machines). There's not requirement
         to expose the URI, but there is a requirement to make
         available the content at the other end.

     JG: I'm concerned that if 2.1 stays as it is, a UA would not
         have to make available an equivalent alternative.

     CMN: I propose to add to 2.1 a note:

       - For "renderable content", access must be provided
         through the user interface.

       - All renderable content (subject to the applicability
         clause) must be available to the user.

       - For content intended for machines, access to the user
         through a source view is sufficient in some circumstances.

         (CMN: The implication is that the source view is different
          from a "canvas".)
       - Content that is available its "final form" 
         (i.e., ready to view). 

      IJ: Need to define renderable content and make sure that
          it's clear that information doesn't have to be available
          all at once.

      CMN: That's covered by 2.5

      DB: What about multimedia content that the UA can't render?

     CMN: Covered by applicability.

      IJ: How does a UA dealing with generic XML distinguish
          content for humans and content for machines?

      DP: I think this is still covered by applicability.

     CMN: I think the answer to IJ's question is work going on
          in schemas.

      KB: Are there any user agents that meet this checkpoint?

      IJ: Only if a source view counts: Amaya.

     CMN: PWWebSpeak handles longdescs.
      IJ: What about scripts? The script is meant for machines,
          but the content is meant for humans.

     CMN: The UA doesn't know that. It does know that the
          script is meant for a machine.

      IJ: While that's true, wouldn't you (in spirit) want access
          to that content?

     CMN: Yes, but this is an authoring issue: use NOSCRIPT.

      IJ: CMN, are you suggesting that a source view is a requirement
          for all user agents?

     CMN: No.
      DB: I don't think that it's a requirement. You can't get
          a source view for Word.

      /* Ian gets the door, Jon summarizes the situation */      

     CMN and IJ disagree on whether 2.1 say "all content must be
     available through the user interface".

     Action CMN: Send a proposal to the list.

Adjourned 15:34 ET

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