Wombat Reordering Proposal

TIER 1: Enable the production of accessible content.

Guideline 1. Generate standard markup.

2.1 Use the latest versions of W3C Recommendations when they are available and appropriate for a task

2.2 Ensure that markup which the tool automatically generates is valid for the language the tool is generating.

Guideline 2. Observe accessible content authoring practices.

1.1 Ensure that the author can produce accessible content in the markup language(s) supported by the tool.

1.2 Ensure that the tool preserves all accessibility information during transformations, and conversions.

1.3 Ensure that when the tool automatically generates markup it conforms to the W3C's WCAG.

1.4 Ensure that all pre-authored content for the tool conforms to WCAG.

1.5 Allow the author to preserve markup not recognized by the tool.

TIER 2: Support the production of accessible content.

Guideline 3. Guide the author to produce accessible content.

3.1 Prompt the author to provide equivalent alternative information (e.g., captions, auditory descriptions, and collated text transcripts for video).

3.2 Help the author create structured content and separate information from its presentation.

3.3 Do not automatically generate equivalent alternatives or reuse previously authored alternatives without author confirmation, except when the function is known with certainty

3.4 Provide functionality for managing, editing, and reusing alternative equivalents for multimedia objects.

Guideline 4. Provide ways of checking for and correcting inaccessible content.

4.1 Check for and inform the author of accessibility problems

4.2 Assist authors in correcting accessibility problems.

4.3 Provide the author with a summary of the document's accessibility status

Guideline 5. Promote accessibility in help and documentation.

5.1 Document all features that promote the production of accessible content.

5.2 Document the process of using the tool to produce accessible content.

TIER 3: Integrate accessibility content related features

Guideline 6. Integrate accessibility solutions into the overall "look and feel"

6.2 Ensure that accessible authoring practices supporting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 [WCAG10] Priority 1 checkpoints are among the most obvious and easily initiated by the author

6.3 Ensure that all functionality (prompts, checkers, information icons, etc.) related to accessible authoring practices is naturally integrated into the overall look and feel of the tool.

6.4 Ensure that creating accessible content is a naturally integrated part of the documentation, including examples.

6.X Ensure that the functionalities for checkpoints 3.1, 3.2 and 4.1 are always clearly available to the user

TIER 4: Make the tool itself accessible

Guideline 7. Ensure that the authoring tool is accessible to authors with disabilities.

7.1 Ensure that the authoring interface follows all operating environment conventions that benefit accessibility (Applies at three priority levels: [Priority 1] for standards and conventions that are essential to accessibility; [Priority 2] for those that are important to accessibility; [Priority 3] for those that are beneficial to accessibility).

7.2 Ensure that the authoring interface enables accessible editing of all element and object properties.

7.3 Ensure that the authoring interface enables the author to edit the structure of the document

7.4 Allow the display preferences of the authoring interface to be changed without affecting the document markup

7.5 Ensure that the authoring interface enables accessible navigation of editing views via the document structure.

7.6 Ensure the authoring interface allows the author to search within the editing views.