Thread Subject: Re: Proposal (updated 27 June) on authoring tools
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From: Barrett, Don
Date: Wed, Jun 27 2007 8:20 AM
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These look great; a couple of quick thoughts.
For number 1. Can we do a definition of programmatic sources?
For number 2, Can we add a "such as" clause after "accessibility
information" , e.g., such as table headers, labels for images, . . .
For number 3, do we need a definition for "interoperability?" If no
tools exist, we at least need to know what it means for the authoring
tool to potentially have interoperability.
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Subject: [teitac-websoftware] Proposal (updated 27 June) on authoring
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 indicates otherwise.
#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
#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
Judy Brewer +1.617.258.9741 http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium
(W3C) MIT/CSAIL Building 32-G526
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA
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