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Re: FW: Revision to Web Accessibility Policy

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 23:05:44 -0700
Message-Id: <a05100309b7fead031dc0@[]>
To: "Matt May" <mcmay@bestkungfu.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
At 8:43 AM -0700 2001/10/23, Matt May wrote:
>While I'm not excited about the status quo, or with point-scoring schemes, I
>think that it would be reasonable to create accessibility profiles for
>different web site types (education, government, content, commerce, etc.),
>and declare for each group what the obstacles are and how to solve them. The
>needs of people using assistive technologies differ slightly in each area,
>which I think is partly responsible for complicating the prioritization
>process which no one here is all too eager to begin.

I agree that there are differences, but I don't agree that this group --
which is not at all representative of those audiences -- should be the
ones to issue guidelines for those groups.  W3C should not be in the
position of dictating requirements in areas for which we don't have the
appropriate expertise to comment.

Higher education web developers and policymakers should set educational
web accessibility standards.  Government web developers and policymakers
should set government web accessibility standards.  E-commerce web
developers and policymakers should set e-commerce web accessibility
standards.  And so on.

And they should do so using the WCAG 2.0 framework as a basis for
setting those policies.


Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
Technical Developer Liaison
Reef North America
Accessibility - W3C - Integrator Network
Received on Friday, 26 October 2001 02:50:01 UTC

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