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Re: FW: Revision to Web Accessibility Policy

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 22:07:52 -0700
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To: Graham Oliver <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>
Cc: gv@trace.wisc.edu, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 10:32 AM 10/17/2001 , Graham Oliver wrote:
>I find it interesting that an institution that has
>such a strong reason to make a web site accessible
>should 'choose' this level of conformance.
>One of the things that I have been thinking hard about
>is 'If people want to do accessibility what is in it
>for them to aim for anything higher than the 'lowest

In short, it's because we haven't given them a reasonable
choice in WCAG 1.0.  Which means that they look elsewhere
for "reasonable" and conclude (incorrectly) that it's the
508 technical standards.

The sad situation described here is basically a combination
of two things -- web developers being lazy and ignorant
(and hating outside imposition of standards), and the
perception that 508 is a valid alternative to a WCAG-based
policy.  Both concepts are harmful to accessibility.


Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
Technical Developer Liaison
Reef North America
Accessibility - W3C - Integrator Network
Received on Tuesday, 23 October 2001 01:11:21 UTC

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