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Re: Author incentives for accessibility

From: Stephen Stewart <beowulf@carisenda.com>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 13:25:24 +0100
Message-Id: <2E5E2467-C386-43C1-827A-3AA1571323CB@carisenda.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>

On 18 May 2007, at 12:21, Philip Taylor (Webmaster) wrote:

>
> Matthew Raymond wrote:
>
>>    Are you suggesting that we design HTML5 around the  
>> accessibility laws
>> of every country and municipality on Earth? Because if that's the  
>> case,
>> we're going to need a lot more lawyers on this mailing list...
>
> I can't answer for Henrik Dvergsdal, but speaking solely for myself
> I believe that HTML 5 should be designed to accommodate the  
> accessibility
> requirements of as many people as possible.  In practice, we can be
> guided by the accessibility legislation that is already in place in
> (for example), Europe and North America.
>

Is this not a bit cart before horse?

> What staggers me is that the Open Source movement wastes
> uncountable hours worrying about licences, whilst some
> members of this group seem blissfully unconcerned about the
> far more real-world concerns regarding accessibility.
>

How are they real world? I haven't seen any major cases with respect  
to accessibility, certainly not of the magnitude of the Eolas case.  
I'm with you in spirit but we can't argue from a false premise, you  
have to take the world as it is not how you imagine it.

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Stephen Stewart
Received on Friday, 18 May 2007 12:25:59 GMT

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