Thread Subject: What is good enough to qualify for compatibilitywith AT?
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From: Baquis David
Date: Mon, Mar 12 2007 11:35 AM
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Some people think compatibility with just one AT is sufficient. And they
will argue that Subpart C did not explicitly say that it had to work
with more than one AT. This goes to product brands (e.g. JAWS and
Window Eyes) as well as product types (e.g. refreshable braille displays
and screen readers).
To stretch this even further, an IT developer could argue that the IT is
perfectly 508-conformant through compatible design, even though it does
not work with any AT on the market currently, because it could work with
AT if the AT manufacturers made the AT differently/better. Or would you
disagree with that? Those of us on the front line providing technical
assistance need this to be clear in the final standards so that our
answers do not sound like they arbitrarily came from Access Board staff.
I want something in writing to put my finger on.
I skimmed the wiki and archived email discussions but did not see this
directly addressed. This is one of those issues that have come to the
Access Board many times and which need to be resolved in the refresh 508
standards. We would like the TEITAC to address it. Would it be an
interoperability sufficiency issue?
This is tied to a discussion in January about problems with one version
but not another version of a product. Perhaps all of these variations of
the issue (versions, brands, AT types, etc) could be handled in one
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