Appendix E: Accessibility Support


This appendix is informative, not normative.

E.1 Accessibility and SVG

Drawings done in SVG will be much more accessible than drawings done as image formats for the following reasons:

(Additional information on accessibility is forthcoming.)

E.2 SVG Accessibility Guidelines

The definition of a Conforming SVG Generator requires that it adhere to W3C accessibility authoring guidelines [ACCESS].

(We are considering an authoring guideline where certain classes of authoring applications would automatically translate object names such as layer names into the content of <title> or <tooltip> elements. Furthermore, SVG viewers would be required to display the given text string when the mouse was positioned over the SVG viewport. The result is that visually impaired people could "hear" the shape of the drawing by moving the pointing device around and listening to the vocalization of the tooltips.)