Thread Subject: Re: Cognitive Recommendations - compatibility
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From: Peter Korn
Date: Fri, Feb 23 2007 1:45 PM
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This is a good start.
I'm concerned with your language "displaying or authoring text". Are we
saying that this applies to text that a user hasn't themselves
authored/entered/created? E.g., is it important for the support of
cognitive impairments that software (or an AT) provide a definition of
"Edit" in the menu bar of an application? And to highlight that text
when read by speech?
Assuming this only applies to user-entered text and to document review,
and if we keep to the existing 508 structure, what about something like
1. Added as a new paragraph to1194.31 Functional performance criteria:
(g) At least one mode of operation is provided for all places where the
user can author text that provides users with word definition lookup,
reading of authored text via speech and text highlighting, and spelling
correction of authored text, or support for assistive technology used by
people with cognitive impairments shall be provided.
2. Added to 1194.21 Software applications and operating systems
(m) Where software includes the capability for review of a document,
sufficient information about about the user interface elements(s) in
which such text appears - including the text contents and boundaries of
the glyphs in that text - shall be available to assistive technology.
(l) Where software includes the capability for user-authored text, in
addition to the provisions in (m) above, it shall provide to assistive
technology the capability to modify and replace the editable text contents.
If we break from the current structure, I think we have a lot more
flexibility for more concise text.
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
> At our meeting this week, we discussed the recommendations from Dr. Lewis'
> presentation at the February TEITAC. 
> We thought that the following three could possibly be met with tools or
> assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities:
> - word lookup, or compatibility with word lookup tools
> - text reading, or compatibility with text reading tools
> - spelling correction for spelling-sensitive interactions
> We need a proposal that we can discuss. How about something like this in
> the software section?
> * Software for displaying or authoring text provides the following features
> or support for assistive technology used by people with cognitive
> ** the ability to determine the definition of a word
> ** the ability to read the text outloud
> * Software for authoring text provides the ability to check for spelling
> errors and correct them or support for assistive technology used by people
> with cognitive disabilities.
>  http://teitac.org/wiki/Web_and_Software:_Cognitive_recommendations
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