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Re: Practical reality

From: Makoto UEKI - Infoaxia, Inc. - <ueki@infoaxia.co.jp>
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 19:32:07 +0900
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-Id: <20051104190416.ADF0.UEKI@infoaxia.co.jp>

Hello Yvette and everyone,

On Fri, 4 Nov 2005 10:35:46 +0100  "Yvette Hoitink" wrote:
<blockquote>
In the end, the effect on the accessibility of the web of our guidelines
depends on two factors:
* How much following the guidelines increases accessibility
* How many people follow the guidelines.

I think the group is mainly focused on the first aspect, and sometimes
looses sight of the second aspect which is just as important.
</blockquote>

I agree with you that the second one is important. WCAG 2.0 should lead
more people to the level of awareness at first, and then to the level of
practice.

This is an example from the different point of view. In Japan, JIS
publishment in June 2004 could lead many people to the awareness and
practice by including the elderly people as the target users of the web
accessibility. We have many examples of not only the governments but
also the corporate websites which started enhancing their web content
accessibility now.

If the hardles are higher, WCAG 2.0 won't be able to increase the number
of websites which will try to be accessible. I don't think this is what
we want. I agree with Yvette's proposal to add "3. Do not require
extensive training and/or highly specialized tools". It'll allow us to
lead more people to the level of awareness and practice. I don't want
WCAG 2.0 to be "pie in the sky". We'd better consider "practical reality"
so that more people can take their first step for the accessibility.


Cheers,
Makoto
Received on Friday, 4 November 2005 10:32:09 GMT

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