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Re: Top-Posting And Guideline 3.1

From: Roberto Ellero <rellero@webaccessibile.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 15:42:35 +0200
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Chris Ridpath:
There has been recent discussion on the list regarding the practice of
top-posting. It's also been discussed at length in the Internet community
at large.
I propose that top-posting is an accessibility problem that falls under
guideline 3.1 "Ensure that the meaning of content can be determined".
Messages can be more easily understood if they were properly formatted and
top-posting is avoided. [...]

Lisa Seeman:
[...] We need to encourage participation, not discourage it. Such rules
serve intimidate people away from posting.

Roberto Ellero:
First of all, I would like to say that I agree with Lisa Seeman about the
fact that the participation is fundamental and the rules should not limit
In this e-mail I am using the Roberto Scano's accessible quoting [1],
which allows to organize the information in order to ensure that the meaning
of content can be determined and a clear communication in ML dialogues.
I think that's an excellent transparent way to communicate via e-mail.

Still about 3.1, I agree with Lisa Seeman about simple writing:

Lisa Seeman:
I can not see why this is not level one.
why can't every site at least consider writing clearly? And the
existence of a  statement (possibly in meta data) seem to me to be

Roberto Ellero:
I work in the Italian Public Administration and I was able to notice that
the clearness of language is a fundamental appearance of the
In the Italian juridical order the transparency of language is the base of
the process of reform of the Public Administration, here the
Webaccessibility can have a decisive role to change an unilateral
Administration to
realize the beginning of equality in the access to the information.

I think that considering the intelligibility of language as level 3 be a
look back with respect to the WCAG 1.0.

Best regards,
Roberto Ellero

[1] http://www.webaccessibile.org/argomenti/argomento.asp?cat=221
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