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Re: webaim-forum-d Digest V2003 #20


From: Terence de Giere
Date: Jan 31, 2003 2:31PM

Accessibility currently depends on a set of elements with standardized
tag names, that is, the HTML tag names, and the HTML 4.0/4.01 set in
particular. XML tags are user defined, and direct accessibility depends
on other mechanisms such as CSS display, aural CSS etc. Aural CSS is not
supported in the major technologies yet.

So the key is transforming XML into the HTML tag set, which can be done
by using XSLT to transform an XML document into one of the versions
XHTML that uses the HTML 4.0 tag names so that assistive technology can
interpret the various predefined document structures it has been
programmed to recognize, such as headings, lists, tables, etc. Not all
browsers can use an XSL stylesheet either, so it is better the
transformation be done before it gets to the client browser, and then
use CSS to format the page.

Terence de Giere

Lynnette Banning wrote:
Does anyone know of a resource for code samples that incorporate the
Section 508 web content accessibility guidelines into XML / XSL...?
Many thanks.

Very respectfully,
Lynnette Banning

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