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RE: RE Checkpoint 3.4 again

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 17:56:28 -0400 (EDT)
To: Joel Sanda <joels@ecollege.com>
cc: "'Anne Pemberton'" <apembert@erols.com>, "'Jo Miller'" <jo@bendingline.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0108011749440.3826-100000@tux.w3.org>
Yes. Well, sort of. We are not enforcing it, we are pointing out that it
needs to be done to make content accessible to people with disabilities. If
your society (nation, state, local club, household) requires you to make
things accessible to people with disabilities we are creating the technical
resource that explains what you need to do. You maythen choose how to use
that resource in relation to the customs, rules and taboos of that society.

One of those symbolic systems we require is text. 3.4 is an attempt (and I
agree, at this stage it is far from complete or effective) to provide
guidance for another symbolic system. The Deaf community where I live aren't
very interested in text, becuase it is not very comprehensible. They have a
symbolic system of language (Auslan, a sign language), they are mostly fond
of graphic comunication in general which they find comprehensible (gross
generalisation warning). If you want an effective way to make content
accessible to this group, provide it in signed form. Or at least in
graphic-rich form.

I can't force people to make stuff accessible. I can tell them how (to the
best of my knowledge, which is mostly borrowed from the whole of this group,
and then summarised by me). WCAG is in the same situation.

cheers

Charles

On Wed, 1 Aug 2001, Joel Sanda wrote:

  Anne -

  Any method of representing one thing with another is a symbolic system of
  expression. But that means pure text is symbolic, as well - as is all
  language. The fear many of have, though, is that we're enforcing methods of
  expression onto developers and content authors.
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