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Re: Executive Summary - EOWG Review: Standards Harmonization doc (June 2011)

From: Cliff Tyllick <cliff.tyllick@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 20:54:05 -0700 (PDT)
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To: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, "EOWG \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Hi, everyone! Not to pitch competing Executive Summaries out there, but I was thinking more along these lines:
 
Executive Summary
If the Web is to be accessible to everyone, many
components must work together smoothly:
·      Web pages and applications must present their
content to browsers in predictable ways.
·      Browsers must predictably and reliably reveal
that content to users through computer monitors, screen readers, and other
display devices.
·      Each user must be able to understand that
content, whether a Web page, a form, or a step in a complex operation.
·      Each user must be able to respond to that
content, whether through a keyboard, a touch pad, a joystick, or some other
form of assistive technology.
And if the Web is to remain accessible to everyone, these
components must continue to work coherently even as technology moves forward.
Although creating this inclusive Web benefits everyone, at
its core is universal accessibility for people with disabilities. That the Web
should be accessible to people with disabilities is a basic human right recognized
by the United Nations. To affirm and protect this right for their citizens, many
nations around the world are adopting their own standards for Web
accessibility.
Within the details of these national standards lies the
danger of fragmentation. In other words, each nation might express similar
requirements in different and possibly conflicting ways. Because of the
resulting cacophony of conflicting requirements, the noble goal these nations
are trying to achieve—a Web accessible to all—will be lost.
To replace that cacophony with harmony—a harmony that
benefits everyone who uses the Web—nations can turn to the body of standards
developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). All W3C standards are
developed with a broad international consensus and are available for free to
everyone. These standards also include examples of their successful
application, along with other education and technical support materials.
Nations that use the W3C’s standards as their basis can
ensure that the Web becomes and remains accessible to all.--[end of executive summary]--

That's 319 words. It's a little over the target but still fits comfortably onto one page.

FWIW,

Cliff

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