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Re: Accessibility is for everyone (was : Use of headers and summary attributes )

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 06 May 2007 19:18:46 +0100
Message-ID: <463E1C06.3020908@cam.ac.uk>
To: "Preston L. Bannister" <preston@bannister.us>
Cc: "Denis Boudreau (WebConforme)" <dboudreau@webconforme.com>, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@rhul.ac.uk>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Preston L. Bannister wrote:

> Accessibility is a worthy goal, but the use of attributes without 
> expertise (or any sort of semantic check) may have little or no value in 
> general use.

Indeed. Even reading weblogs in an images-disabled feedreader gives an 
impression of just how bad many authors are at this kind of thing.

I would venture that as far as possible we should be trying to make the 
lanuge such that increased accessibility is the happy byproduct of 
authors optimizing their markup for common cases (graphical browsers, 
search engines, etc.) rather than something that has to be considered 
separately. Of course this will not always be possible but we should 
strive for solutions where this is the case and, given a straight trade 
off between markup that meets 90% of the accessibility requirements and 
will be used correctly by most authors and markup that meets 100% of the 
requirements but will only be used correctly by those with a special 
interest in producing accessible pages, we should choose the former on 
the basis that it will tend to produce more accessible content in general.

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