Thread Subject: Viewpoint Opinion: 7-D Accessible Templates
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From: Judy Brewer
Date: Thu, Mar 27 2008 10:25 PM
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Viewpoint Opinion: 7-D Accessible Templates
Accessible templates and accessible pre-authored content provided
with authoring tools can be highly effective in facilitating
conformance to a variety of electronic content provisions. Authoring
tool vendors know their tools better than their customers and can
more efficiently develop sample templates and pre-authored content,
which can help model how to use the tool's features in ways that
support accessible content provisions.
A significant concern with the wording of this provision however was
apparently a potential ambiguity with the scoping of the provision,
due to the phrasing "...at least one version that meets applicable
Section 508 provisions," even with the accompanying note that this
does not require an accessible template for every template that is
packaged with an authoring tool." In other words, it could be
interpreted as requiring only one template in all, which would not
have significant benefit; or conversely it could be interpreted as
requiring very many accessible templates. Further discussion would be
needed to arrive at appropriate scoping of the requirement.
Because of time constraints in the final TEITAC meeting, the
following clarification could not be offered, which was that the
wording of the provision itself should have repeated "templates or
set of pre-authored content" instead of just "templates" following
"at least one..." With the corrected wording, the provision would
read: "Authoring tools which provide pre-authored content, or
templates to facilitate production of content, must provide at least
one template or set of pre-authored content that meets applicable
Section 508 provisions."
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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