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Re: Call for Review: Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the Web

From: William Loughborough <wloughborough@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:18:12 -0700
Message-ID: <1e3451610903251118v3b5b3efemef259c1c190d09a8@mail.gmail.com>
To: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>, EOWG <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
As usual, I come late to this dance. As I read the fairly ponderous
Introduction I am struck by the near-total inattention to the citizens' role
in deference to the governments' roles. This is a pervasive trend leading
from the ideals of the Web towards yet another top-down version of what we
are about. One thing we must provide to this undertaking is the Disability
Rights Movement's central mantra: "Nothing About Us Without Us" - and this
goes well beyond Accessibility for People With Disabilities - all the way to
pure Usability/Accessibility for People (full stop).

I don't know what to do about this as it seems to be permeating so much of
our effort. So I will raise this flag but don't really know what else to do.

*Quit maintaining that there must be some central authority in all of these
matters. eGovernment cannot survive being just a remap of
outmoded/ineffective versions of a bunch of fat/old/white men running


On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM, Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org> wrote:

> EOWG participants,
> Please review "Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the
> Web" at http://www.w3.org/TR/egov-improving/ from an accessibility
> outreach and education perspective, that is, how the document addresses
> accessibility, people with disabilities, and older users with accessibility
> needs.
Received on Wednesday, 25 March 2009 18:18:48 UTC

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