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Re: "until user agents?" - revisiting baseline capabilities

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 08:50:48 -0800
Message-Id: <4.2.0.58.20010131084633.00b17c30@garth.idyllmtn.com>
To: love26@gorge.net (William Loughborough)
Cc: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>, allan_jm@tsb1.tsbvi.edu, thoeg@get2net.dk, seeman@netvision.net.il, Max@w3.org, Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>, cpl@starlingweb.com
At 03:03 PM 1/22/2001 , William Loughborough wrote:
>I think the main problem is that we can only look at how many rotary dial phones are in use, learn that it is less than the number of cell phones thrown into the dumpster on the TV ad and conclude that obsolescence will run past us before we can collate the survey. The Web's the thing and the underlayment recedes in importance with each passing moment.

Do you think it is, therefore, unsolvable?

Because we, the experts on accessibility, many of us full time "web
gods" in the eyes of the average user, can't figure it out -- what hope
do they have?

If we can't even collate a survey with the W3C's resources, knowledge,
and influence, how on earth can the typical corporate web monkey hope
to make the decisions -themselves-, which is what the current "until
user agents" phrasing demands?

I think we have to do -something-, clearly, and I think that 
"something" consists of either making the decision for the WCAG
reader or giving them enough information to make the decision
themselves.  The burden has to be on -us-, not on -them-.

Maybe it -is- insoluble.  In which case we need to work around the
problem in some way.  I don't know what that is.  Does anyone?

--Kynn

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