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RE: Open issue #55

From: <cyns@opendesign.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 15:24:48 -0700
Message-ID: <F0CBA28A8CE1D311B64300508BC216220129D4D6@saruman.seattle.wuwinc.com>
To: paulb@cpd2.usu.edu, wendy@w3.org, jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
I'll second this one.  

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Bohman [mailto:paulb@cpd2.usu.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2001 11:33 AM
To: Wendy A Chisholm; jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU; Web Content
Guidelines
Subject: Open issue #55


Open issue #55

<quote>
Paul proposed a "Limitations" section that discusses the
usability/accessibility conundrum which we have not yet resolved. It sets
expectations that we discuss some usability issues but will not attempt to
cover them all.
</quote>

The actual wording of a "limitations" section may vary significantly from
what I originally proposed, but I am still in favor of including a reference
to the fact that, no matter how good our guidelines end up being, they are
not going to solve every problem for every person with a disability. Exactly
how we say this, or how much space this takes up (whether one sentence or a
paragraph) will depend on the final shape and form of the guidelines
themselves. I just think that it is important for us to point out the
limitations of our work, whatever those limitations may be. Note that my
intent is much broader than just a debate about usability versus
accessibility. That is only one of many potential limitations of our
guidelines.

There are a few reasons why I think it is important to acknowledge the
limitations of our guidelines:

1. I believe that it will increase our credibility.
2. It will give us something to work toward in future versions
3. *** This is probably the most important of all: It underscores the fact
that wrote compliance with a set of guidelines is not synonymous with
accessibility.

Paul Bohman
Technology Coordinator
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
www.webaim.org
Utah State University
www.usu.edu
Received on Wednesday, 22 August 2001 18:25:24 GMT

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