Thread Subject: Re: listing file format to use in bestpractice not a standard
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From: Gregg Vanderheiden
Date: Fri, Mar 16 2007 3:50 PM
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Yes, the usual way to address this in standards is to avoid specifying
particular formats. We should talk about what has to be true about the
documents with regard to accessibility.
Also we probably should talk about the format being 'conformant' rather than
'accessible'. That is we specify that they should conform to our standards
for accessible documentation rather than saying that they be accessible.
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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Subject: [teitac-documentation] listing file format to use in best practice
not a standard
In the March 15, 2007 meeting we discussed the topic of what are acceptable
electronic formats? Notes from the discussion are on the wiki page
Agreement is that file formats change too frequently so it would be better
to make the requirement state the content of the file be accessible. Listing
of specific file formats should be in a best practice if included at all.
The currently proposed text for 1194.41a already states that the content of
the files should be accessible. See
http://teitac.org/wiki/Documentation:Alternate_Format for the text. Are any
additional changes needed?
Should a best practice on how to make accessible PDF be added to 1194.41a?
That leads then to the question of should PDF even be singled out?
Should information on other file formats be included?
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