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Re: 3.2

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 12:31:49 -0500 (EST)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSO.4.53.0311201231380.10304@mail.veldt.ca>

Apropos the subject line, what's a "3.2"?

> For example, I still do not agree that unique page titles can not be
> level one, and I think there is a fair amount of agreement on this

Let's see. You run a very large database-driven site whose pages do not
exist until they are requested by the visitor. Please explain how every
single page <title> can be unique, especially if the pages are search

What if you were searching for 20 different terms at once? Then separately
for 20 different terms? What would the page <title>s be?

*Real* *examples*, please, not blandishments and diktats. Prove it can be
done in real-world sites.

> also important maybe level 1:  provide headings and linked text that are
> unique and clear when  read out of context

Still an appallingly misguided and irrelevant concept. As has been
demonstrated already, page authors cannot be expected to simultaneously
write valid HTML and also write HTML that can be spontaneously remixed by
some user agent or other. How many times do I have to tell you this before
you believe it?

Skill-testing question: If Freedom Scientific comes out with another
whiz-bang feature, as they did with browsing by headings and links, will
WAI WG obediently turn around and flirt with the idea of forcing authors
to write their sites to facilitate this company-specific peccadillo?

> But this is both testable and normative
> "All terms  used are available in a linked to, fully accessible  simple
> language lexicon, or supplementary lexicon of topic specific Jargon"

Give me a break. I won't let anyone tell me I have to link every word I
write to a lexicon, and neither will any other writer.


  Joe Clark  |  joeclark@joeclark.org
  Author, _Building Accessible Websites_
  <http://joeclark.org/access/> | <http://joeclark.org/book/>
Received on Thursday, 20 November 2003 12:32:12 UTC

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