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Re: Belated HTML WG last-call comments to User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 11:44:29 -0500
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To: "Steven Pemberton" <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>, "Ian Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
1. When you say you have a voice browser, is this for the desktop computing 

2. Is it being designed for general users or for people with disabilities?

3. You do not need to support scripting, you just need to export the DOM to 
make information available to assistive technologies. Right now the DOM can 
be primarily read only, with a few write requirements for information that 
can be modified through the user interface (i.e. form control values).

Thanks for your comments,

At 01:10 PM 5/22/2001 +0200, Steven Pemberton wrote:
>Thanks for the reply.
> > IJ: As Jon points out in his email, DOM is required for Level A
> > conformance. We have received a lot of comments, such as "What about
> > kiosks or environments where there is no communication with
> > assistive technologies?" to which we answered (in section 1.2
> > of the document): we are not aiming at those user agents for UAAG 1.0.
> >
> > Nor are we concerned in UAAG 1.0 with mobile devices or other
> > environments where DOM implementation would be a heavy footprint
> > burden.
> >
> > We are requiring the DOM so that assistive technologies have access
> > to content in a manner that allows them to track changes to
> > content in a structured and efficient manner.
>So if I have a voice browser that follows all the other guidelines, but
>doesn't have scripting, it cannot be level A compliant?

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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