Thread Subject: Proposal (updated 27 June) on authoring tools
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From: Judy Brewer
Date: Wed, Jun 27 2007 8:05 AM
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This proposal incorporates additional suggestions and combines some
(Specific notes: #1 combines 1 & previous 3 using Allen's language
following list discussion; #2 already received provisional approval; #3
combines previous 4 & a version of 5 that allowed meeting evaluation goals
by interoperability; #4 updates previous 6 with suggestions received;
"giving prominence to" is dropped in this set; "Web" is dropped in this
version of the definition of authoring tools as there has been no negative
feedback on that question.)
#1. For each accessible content format supported, authoring tools must
allow the author to produce content, including content derived from
programmatic sources, that meets applicable electronic content
#2. Authoring tools must preserve accessibility information necessary for
meeting the electronic content provisions, unless the user explicitly
#3. For authoring tools with a user interface, authoring tools must provide
a mode which prompts authors to create accessible content; and either a
mode which assists authors in checking for accessibility problems, or
interoperability with evaluation tools that provide that function.
#4. Authoring tools which provide pre-authored content, or templates to
facilitate production of content, must provide at least one version that
meets applicable electronic content accessibility standards.
[DEFINITION] "Authoring Tool" means "...any software, or collection of
software components, that authors use to create or modify content for
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