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Re: 3.7 in 1?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 07:46:45 -0500 (EST)
To: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>
cc: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0101030742300.9054-100000@tux.w3.org>
I also don't think that text is first-among-equals. It is simply a
requirement among equals. Normally, it happens to be particularly easy to do,
and for those for whom it is a requirement it makes a great difference. So it
falls into the category of extremely low hanging fruit, and I don't know of a
credible excuse for not having it. By contrast, developing graphics that
convey a meaning is harder, therefore more expensive. On the other hand,
they are helpful to an extremely large part of the community.

my 2 centimes...

Charles McCN

On Wed, 3 Jan 2001, Anne Pemberton wrote:

  Al,

  	Text cannot be "more equal" in the old "Animal Farm" sense and still meet
  the needs of the non-text people.

  	No matter how many times we point to this little piece of the document or
  that, the overwhelming sense of the guidelines is "more than equal" status
  of text. So much so, that the 508 guidelines don't even suggest that the
  accessibility features they proscribe are useful outside of the blind
  community.

  						Anne


  At 11:25 PM 1/2/01 -0500, Al Gilman wrote:
  >Somehow we have to communicate both a first-among-equals status for text
  >without going to Lombardiesque excess.  Yes, today, text is the most
  important
  >thing; but definitely not the only thing.  Because yes, there are people for
  >whom it is the _last_ thing they need.
  >
  >Al

  Anne L. Pemberton
  http://www.pen.k12.va.us/Pav/Academy1
  http://www.erols.com/stevepem/Homeschooling
  apembert@crosslink.net
  Enabling Support Foundation
  http://www.enabling.org


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