Thread Subject: Re: Group A distinguishing
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From: Sailesh Panchang
Date: Tue, Oct 24 2006 8:40 AM
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>for example both software and web could have standards like the following
>modified from WCAG 2.0 and encompassing 1194.21(d):
> For all user interface components, the name, role and state can be
>programmatically determined, values that can be set by the user can be
>programmatically set, and notification of changes to these items is
>available to user agents, including assistive technologies. (Several words
>and phrases need definitions here, but those are available.)
>It is specific, testable, and, as it turns out, is applicable to both
>software and web. The fact that it is applicable to both is good news, but,
>I think, a conclusion to be drawn later in our process.
While a construct like the above might stand the test of time as it is not
technology-specific, I believe an elaborate techniques and guidance document
will be needed so that those charged with implementing the standard fully
comprehend its impact.
Without such a guidance doc, it will be challenging for developers and
testers to ensure all elements to which the above standard applies complies
with the requirement. At present it is straight forward.:
- identify if a page has repetitive group of links- if yes, para (o)
- does a page have a data table? Then para (g) or (h) applies, etc.
The complementary document should be drawn up now along with the standard so
that everyone understands the import of the requirement before it it becomes
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