- 1 Minutes of the Open A11y Expert Handlers Conference Call 2007/09/17
Minutes of the Open A11y Expert Handlers Conference Call 2007/09/17
- Neil Soiffer (NS/chair)
- Janina Sajka (JS)
- Gregory J. Rosmaita (GJR/scribe)
- Shawn Djernes (SD/Shawn) (Nebraska Commission for the Blind)
- Pete Brunet (PB)
- Vladamir Bulatov (VB/V)
- regrets: none logged
Minutes for 2007/09/17 Expert Handlers Conference Call
Topic 1: Mission Statement Approval?
For Reference: Mission Statement (Draft 5)
NS: any feedback?
JS: re-read while preparing CSUN proposal -- very happy with it
Shawn: spelling nit: "tactilly" or "tactilely"?
PB: Mirriam-Webster has an e between 2 "ells"
GJR: that's usually how i find it spelt in technical materials
conflict of spelling in online and offline dictionaries -- need to check OED
JS: concerned that when we point to an external resource, we point with confidence -- MusicalML smooshy, no real standards, just competing standards
VB: what about SVG?
NS: no real semantics in current usage; doesn't meet needs
GJR: would need SVG plus ARIA
NS: there is CellML -- markup language to describe biological, bio-chemical and chemical markup; mainly used for modeling cellular behavior -- is that too abstract?
VB: people will understand musical markup
NS: that's why i chose music, because underlying concepts and assumptions simpler; according to Wikipedia -- MusicXML supported by 80 applications -- and there's a link to a specification at musicml.org, so it does have some legitimacy
VB: let's leave it; music easily comprehended by wide audience
GJR: Vladmir's right; musical vocabulary standardized, handy for breaking down items into component parts that people can understand (bar, measure, note, etc.)
PROPOSED: make this our mission statement
NS: any objections?
RESOLVED: Adopt Draft 5 of the Mission Statement as Expert Handlers SIG Mission Statement
Topic 2: CSUN 2008 Expert Handlers Panel Proposal
For Reference: CSUN 2008 Planning
JS: posted to list -- apologize for short turn-around time
GJR: so we can work on it in real-time, the first draft of JS' CSUN proposal can be found at: http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/Accessibility/Handlers/DraftPages/CSUN2008/Proposal/Draft1
NS: CSUN has posted abstracts online in the past, however there have been significant technological problems last 2 years
JS: maybe need a URI that we are in controll over as a fail-safe?
NS: never actually asked for a paper after a talk -- only mount abstracts
JS: one thing that is missing -- reference that we've looked at all these use cases
verbiage added to draft 1 in real-time during meeting
- Proposal Title: Expert Markup Handlers for AT: A Proposal From Open A11y
- Proposal Abstract:
- This Open A11y panel will discuss, and gather additional requirements for its proposed interface specification to facilitate plugins to AT for enhanced knowledge domain accessibility.
- Session Level: Advanced
- Track: Other
- Length: 60 Minute session
Generalized content markup (such as HTML) is complimented by markup specifications that facilitate more semantically precise content markup. Examples of specialized, semantically precise markup include MathML and MusicXML. Assistive technology (AT) typically handles generalized content markup, but does not know about specialized markup. Because of this, users of AT are unable to access or navigate specialized markup effectively.
The Open A11y Expert Handlers SIG is exploring a standardized plug-in mechanism to AT software. The goal of this plug-in standard is to allow AT software to take advantage of expert software that understands specialized markup. This plug-in standard will allow the expert software to provide enhanced, semantically rich access to specialized markup so that the AT can properly render (visually, aurally, and/or tactilely) and help users navigate the semantic meaning encoded in the specialized markup.
The Open A11y Expert Handlers SIG has gathered use cases and developed requirements for proposed plugin specifications for:
In this session the panel will explain its work to date and invite comments on its work from the audience.
(Note: Janina will re-work/expand last paragraph and post it to the handlers list after finalizes main A11y CSUN 2008 Proposal; please notify Janina during the day, Wednesday, 20 September 2007, to confirm whether or not you will be able to attend as a panelist)
Topic 3: Attendance at CSUN 2008
NS: who will be at CSUN 2008?
V: currently not funded for participation; will tell i want to go again
- Vladmir (possible; proposals may help get funding)
- Shawn (possible; proposals may help get funding)
- GJR (possible; if LF willing)
- Pete (working on getting there; proposals definitely help)
Shawn: need to get funding
NS: can everyone let Janina know by the end of business Wednesday? -- submission due 21 September 2007!
NS: A11y has no official existence outside of linux foundation?
JS: a workgroup of the Linux Foundation
PB: ask LF for funding for GJR
JS: will make inquiries
GJR: thanks pete!
JS: will work on main a11y proposal tonight so out before tomorrow's call
JS: should ask Rich what is going on with OpenOffice?
JS: couple of procedural things -- 60 not 30 minutes; panel; equipment: none; categorization?
GJR: cross-disability and cross-platform and cross-discipline equals "other"
JS: do we need to add input to the list of use cases?
V: may not pertain to all cases
Shawn: speech input important case
GJR: speech input a key component of my question about ISV (international scientific vocabulary) -- is it used, and can it be used for bi-directional communication of specialized knowledge dialects?
JS: GOK - Gnome Onscreen Keyboard (consult ATRC at University of Toronto)
Topic 4: Items for 2007/09/24 Call
NS: add input handlers to next week's agenda
GJR: tried to address in navigation -- bi-directional gestures, whether input or output irrelevant