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Thoughts on the Future of BAD (was: Re: BAD)

From: Eric Eggert <w3c@yatil.de>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:32:16 +0100
Message-ID: <CAN0=ErJEk5WVKsJSDymAG1oqmPTbKqz3ymJX8KcJ8YgMktQXTQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: wed@csulb.edu
Cc: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>, Bad TaskForce <public-wai-eo-badtf@w3.org>
Hi Wayne,

> I propose we add some more pages over time.

Honestly (as a member of the BAD TF) I donít think that makes much
sense. The layout of both, before and after pages is sub-par by
todayís standards. And the accessibility challenges lie in other
areas: Popups, drop downs, HTML5 Canvas and so on. We need to define
best practices on a much more deeper level, showing whatís the
approach people should take if they use a technique.

What about mobile web design, responsiveness and so on. Showing
accessibility wonít work by just showing a document with the problems
of the 2000ís, we got web apps today, much more interactivity and
complex interfaces in browsers.

I concur with making a living document, even a living library showing
best practices. (Like this pattern library by Yahoo!
http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns/) But this would mean a major
overhaul of the whole project and really get some more people in it.
On the other side there is a huge benefit from a library where you can
just get some HTML/CSS/JS and put it into your project and make it
more accessible at the same time.

BTW: I donít think that the current complex structure of the BAD
documents can be stretched much longer to include more web pages, 4
documents per page (before/after/report before/report after) is just a
lot of content to get into a navigation. We managed to do it just
right, but it would be too much if there were another 2 or 3 pages, I

(Sorry, that got longer than I anticipated, but probably there are a
few thoughts that are inspiring for the future of BAD.)

(Cross-posted to the BAD TF mailinglist.)


> The agreement should be: "Each new page with new technology is a new
> document and does not trigger what is posted before."
> That makes BAD a living document - and historical. †Every page will be
> accessible for the era it was created. †As we make additions to
> incorporate new technology we never negate the old.
> Sorry to miss the meeting, but my ear is killing me, and I couldn't
> get an appointment that did not conflict.
> If everything is ready I'll try to make the first hour... them I off
> to a bus day.
> Wayne
> Wayne


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