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RE: REF: 4.1 Move deprecated features

From: Yvette P. Hoitink <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 23:27:53 +0100
To: "'Don McCunn (by way of Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>)'" <Don@AbleWebEditor.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-Id: <E1AeM9d-0003D0-QJ@smtp2.home.nl>

Hi Don and list,

4.1 is the checkpoint I volunteered to summarized the issues for. I'm
currently working on that so your remark was timed perfectly for me. I will
include your comment in my summary. 

My own 2 eurocents: The guideline only says "Technologies are used according
to specification", not "Technologies are used according to the newest
specification available". Nowhere in the guidelines does it say you can only
use strict HTML. As I understand it, using valid HTML 4.01 transitional
fully complies with 4.1. The backwards compatibility remark in my opinion
refers to the use of attributes such as topmargin="0" for the body to
eliminate the body padding in Netscape 4. This attribute is not a part of
the HTML 4.01 specification, either in transitional or strict, so cannot be
used in valid HTML documents that have to pass WCAG level 2. For level 1,
such attributes may be used to provide backward compatibility.

As you can see, our interpretations are quite different. Regardless of who
is right and who is wrong, I think it would be wise to revise the wording of
the guidelines so it's clear to everyone what is meant by it.

Yvette Hoitink
CEO Heritas, Enschede, The Netherlands
E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl  


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Don McCunn 
> (by way of Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>)
> Sent: woensdag 7 januari 2004 22:44
> To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Subject: Re: REF: 4.1 Move deprecated features
> 
> Re: WCAG 2.0 Checkpoint 4.1
> 
> Excluding deprecated features is a major stumbling block for 
> compliance with the accessibility issue. It means that only 
> strict HTML will pass the test and that therefore any attempt 
> to make web pages viable for older browsers is extremely 
> limited. This aspect of the checkpoint alone forces Web 
> Developers to choose between making Web Sites accessible to 
> people with disabilities OR people with older Browsers.

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Received on Wednesday, 7 January 2004 17:28:00 UTC

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