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RE: DHTML Accessibility - Fixing the JavaScript Accessibility Problem

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.its.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 15:01:38 +1100 (EST)
To: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.58.0503181454590.23316@ariel.its.unimelb.edu.au>

This is an excellent summary of the current state of developints here.

One tendency that concerns me especially in WCAG discussions is that the
user agent support problem is sometimes thought of entirely in terms of
the Javascript accessibility problem. In other words, instead of treating
the full generality of the issue, there is sometimes a tendency to focus
on Javascript alone and to conflate the question of how to deal with
variations and changes in user agent support in the guidelines, with that
of what can be assumed about the accessibility (or lack of it) of scripted

Scripts are an important example, but they're only an instance of a wider
problem that will remain long after the language and API features Rich
describes are widely available. If it isn't Javscript, it will be
something else. Rich and Roberto acknowledge this very explicitly but I
think it's important in the context of the user agent discussion to work
on a solution that will generalize across technologies and over time.
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