Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful
Chris Maden wrote: > > [Paul Prescod] > > In the XSL FO world, it seems that you need to specifically target > > each disability because the FOs are not designed to degrade. > > No, they're not. Should they be? Time to drag this out again: > > <URL:http://www.oreilly.com/people/staff/crism/xsl/audioxsl.html> > > What do people think? I've gotten mixed feedback on it. Some people > feel that providing a fallback will discourage real alternate-media > stylesheets' development, but I observe that those stylesheets are > almost never developed anyway. As I understand your proposal, it is to add flow objects and characteristics that are specific to aural renderings. I say bravo and support this fully. I also think that XFO should provide a basic set of formatting objects that are at a level of abstraction that will allow the "right" aural expression to be inferred instead of explicitly stated. So there are probably four levels here: 0 use all formatting FOs. Accessibility [expletive deleted]. 1 use abstract FOs. Accessibility is at the "lynx screen-reader" level. 2 add some aural-specific characteristics and FOs. Accessibility improves. 3 write a complete aural-specific stylesheet tested without a display. Lower levels require less effort. Higher levels improve accessibility. All levels will probably get used in the real world but 0 and 1 will get used the most. Right now, FOs support 0. HTML+CSS supports 1, 2, and 3. If we adopt your proposal then FOs will support 0, 2 and 3. Do I understand it right? -- Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco Company spokeswoman Lana Simon stressed that Interactive Yoda is not a Furby. Well, not exactly. "This is an interactive toy that utilizes Furby technology," Simon said. "It will react to its surroundings and will talk." - http://www.wired.com/news/news/culture/story/19222.html XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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