Thread Subject: Re: Proposal on authoring tools
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From: Judy Brewer
Date: Thu, Jun 07 2007 8:00 AM
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We had some small group discussion of this, and people remarked that
authoring tool user interface accessibility seemed to be generally covered
by TEITAC software provisions on user interface accessibility. We therefore
focused our energy on bringing forward a proposal on support for production
of accessible content.
However, it was also noted that it was possible that a few ATAG 2.0
provisions regarding accessibility of the user interface specific to
authoring tools might not be sufficiently covered by the TEITAC user
interface provisions. In my opinion it might still be useful to look
through those provisions (A.1.1 through A.4.4) in the latest ATAG 2.0
and make sure that the essentials needed for people with disabilities to be
able to author content are covered. For instance, you might want to look at
A.3.8, [For the authoring tool user interface] "Ensure [that] previews are
as accessible as existing user agents" which is one of the few that doesn't
seem to be already covered under the general software provisions. But if
relevant, it might be more appropriate to propose that under the software
provisions than under this section on authoring tools.
At 08:14 AM 6/7/2007 -0400, David Poehlman wrote:
>Hi Judy and all,
>Should the iaccessability of the interface be addressed here or give
>reference to other standards?
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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.
>2. Authoring tools must, except by explicit user action, preserve
>accessibility information necessary for meeting the electronic content
>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.
>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.
>Judy Brewer +1.617.258.9741 http://www.w3.org/WAI
>Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium
>MIT/CSAIL Building 32-G526
>32 Vassar Street
>Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA