Thread Subject: Re: Proposal on authoring tools
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From: Jim Tobias
Date: Thu, Jun 07 2007 4:45 AM
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Thanks for this, Judy. I've added comments inside brackets [ ] for some
provisions; I agree with the others.
This reminds me of the other, semi-non-procurement issues regarding content:
1. Provision 5.A says "each agency shall ... activate accessibility features
and configure telecommunications products so that they are accessible to and
usable by people with disabilities." There has been discussion about
this provision so that it applies to all products and services, and
authoring tools are clearly the biggest set of applicable products. How
should it read for that purpose?
2. We need a provision requiring content authoring tools to include
documentation on how to create accessible content. Should this be in the
3. We need a provision requiring agencies to develop and disseminate a
policy on the creation of accessible content. I know that this may not be
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Judy Brewer [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ]
> Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2007 1:32 AM
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> Subject: [teitac-websoftware] Proposal on authoring tools
> The following proposal on authoring tools represents current
> work in progress by a small group following the recent TEITAC
> face-to-face meeting.
> Please add your comments as we continue to work on this, now
> on the Web/Software list. For those who already contributed
> in the small group, thank you for your input on the draft;
> the latest version here attempts to capture your most recent
> feedback in our discussion, but please continue to help
> refine this on the Web software list now.
> 1. Authoring tools must have the ability to produce content
> which passes the electronic content provisions [ADD:for each content
format it is capable of producing].
> 2. Authoring tools must, except by explicit user action,
> preserve accessibility information necessary for meeting the
> electronic content provisions. [Is this for content imported into
the tool from another source? If so, that should be explicit.]
> 3. Authoring tools must allow the author to augment
> automatically-generated content with accessibility information.
> 4. For authoring tools with a user interface, authoring tools
> must provide a mode which prompts authors to create
> accessible content. [This should be the default mode.]
> 5. For authoring tools with a user interface, authoring tools
> must provide a mode which assists authors in checking for
> accessibility problems.
> 6. Authoring tools, when providing templates or other
> pre-authored content, should provide templates that
> facilitate production of accessible content, and pre-authored
> content that is accessible.
> 7. Authoring tools should give prominence to the most
> accessible authoring action for achieving an authoring outcome.
[I'm not sure about this --- do you mean prominence in general, or
prominence in a list of options, or what?]