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Re: My input on 6.6

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 15:31:48 -0500
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To: "David Poehlman" <poehlman1@home.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Our next meeting is tomorrow?


At 03:58 PM 5/15/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>the rsvp I got says the meeting is tomorrow?
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Tim Lacy" <timla@microsoft.com>
>To: <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
>Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 3:44 PM
>Subject: My input on 6.6
>First, my apologies for not being on the telecon today - I have several
>tasks due tomorrow, and will be pleasantly surprised if I actually
>complete them both.
>Ian has asked me to comment on the topic of 'standard API' as it relates
>to 6.6.
>I am unable to add anything to Rich's comments on this, and agree with
>him completely.  For all the reasons he gave, the implementation of
>standard API's is critical to interoperability, which in turn is core to
>creating an accessible web experience.
>One thing I used to hear over and over again from AT vendors was that
>they had to special-case everything in order to work with all the
>different DOM's (not just www, but all application DOM's).  By going to
>standard API's (and in our case, implementing API improvements based on
>AT vendor feedback), this problem is finally starting to diminish.
>The key is that the programmatic interface between the AT and the system
>needs to be robust, full-featured, rigorously tested, and widely
>adopted.  I am unaware of any 'custom' API's that even come close to
>My dos centavos, anyway.

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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