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[xml-dev] Re: XML Accessibility Guidelines

I think usability is precisely interoperability since that is what 
makes structured information usable. End-user interface design is a 
separate matter. THAT is an art informed by experience and 


At 9:37 AM +1000 10/3/01, James Robertson wrote:
>At 22:52 30/08/2001, Philippe Le Hegaret wrote:
>>This document explains how to design accessible applications using
>>XML, the Extensible Markup Language. Compared to the HTML or MathML
>>languages, XML is one level up: it is a meta syntax used to describe
>>these languages, as well as new ones. As a meta syntax, XML provides
>>no intrinsic guarantee of device independence or textual alternate
>>support. It is essential, therefore, that XML formats and tools
>>designers are provided with guidelines that explain how to include
>>basic accessibility features - such as those present in HTML, SMIL,
>>and SVG - in all their new developments.
>>Status of this document
>>This document is a Working Draft made available by the WAI Protocols
>>and Formats Working Group (PFWG), for review by W3C members and other
>>interested parties. The PF group operates as part of the WAI Technical
>Clearly this is something that I need to look into:
>On the face of it, I just don't see what usability has to
>do with XML.
>Surely usability (which is extremely important) is a product
>of *user experience*. It is an end-user property.
>Since the general consensus is that XML shouldn't be delivered
>to end users, how do the two overlap?
>I will go away and do some reading ...
>James Robertson
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