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Re: Text needs to be written for a reader. A little longer than my usual...

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 16:02:34 -0500
Message-ID: <3883836A.F97B1DD2@w3.org>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <jay@peepo.com>
CC: gv@trace.wisc.edu, "'Jason White'" <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>, "'Web Content Accessibility Guidelines'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, w3t-comm@w3.org, w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
> 
> Text needs to be written for a reader.
> 
> The WAI site is written for a technical reader.
> If we wish to stimulate mass market interest,
> the site needs to meet the needs of this audience.
> 
> One way, is to demonstrate good accessibility, as well as write about it.
> 
> This means that it is important that visitors are not intimidated when they
> visit the site.
> The site has huge amounts of text most of which are irrelevant to any
> particular enquiry.

Jonathan,

W3C recognizes the general need for less technical materials
for the general public. This applies not just to WAI but to all
of the work we do. We are looking for technical writers (although
we don't yet have the job descriptions ready) for this type of
work.

The Accessibility Notes (on SMIL, CSS, and HTML, and upcoming
on XML and SVG) are a step in this direction. 

I suspect that this discussion belongs on EO, so I am adding them
to the thread. I am also cc'ing your comments to the W3C
Communications Team.

Thank you,

 - Ian
 
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