[Athen] Accessibility guidelines for e-newsletter

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Wed Sep 22 08:42:39 PDT 2010

Thanks. Good to know. I know that someone was also working on an "RTF
newsletter standard" but couldn't find anything on it when I looked.

Cheers, Karen

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of John Foliot
Sent: September-22-10 10:59 AM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] Accessibility guidelines for e-newsletter

Karlen Communications wrote:


> Here is the standard for text only eNewsletters


> http://www.headstar.com/ten/


The pedantic JF wishes to point out that while the "Text Email Newsletter
(TEN) Standard" [sic] is a useful authoring guideline, it is *NOT* a
Standard recognized by any standards body, but rather is a recommendation
created after consulting with some blind users (via the RNIB). Using TEN has
no programmatic benefit AFAIK, although having a recognizable authoring
pattern is beneficial to both sighted and non-sighted users.
However, using TEN does not make a text email/newsletter magically
accessible, and is not referenced in any Standard or legislated requirement
that I am aware of.

Not to take away anything from TEN, but to keep it in the right perspective.
Personally, I think that if you want to use TEN, it's not a bad thing,
although it is somewhat UK-centric (in adoption and use) at this time.


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