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WCAG2ICT comment: why no acknowledgement of MSAA, IAccessible2, iOS VoiceOver, ... etc.

From: Olaf Drümmer <o.druemmer@callassoftware.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:57:31 +0200
Message-Id: <00625B04-5551-423A-B201-B5E0640E450D@callassoftware.com>
Cc: Olaf Drümmer <o.druemmer@callassoftware.com>
To: public-wcag2ict-comments@w3.org
[This email has been submitted as a comment on the July 27, 2012 draft of "Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies"]

In the world of software development quite a bit of work has been carried out in order to make software more accessible than it used to be.

The document "Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies" per its draft dated July 27, 2012 does not take any of that into account though the concepts and principles behind those are extremely useful, both in terms of architecture as well as in terms of various specifics.

I think it is essential to first learn from others about what has already been achieved, before coming up with something else out of the blue.

In a nutshell:
First learn from existing achievements, then - if really something new and useful can be added to it - come up with it. Don't (try to) reinvent the wheel - the world does not need yet another paradigm. 


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