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From: Charles McCathieNevile <charlesn@sunrise.srl.rmit.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:12:50 +1000 (EST)
To: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.980528100129.26165H-100000@sunrise.srl.rmit.edu.au>
Ummm, it's a good idea. But if Bill Clinton says 'It shall be SO', then 
it makes not one jot of difference to the 5.75 billion of us who are not 
in the USA (possibly not even some Canadians). It's that 'World Wide' 
bit in the phrase. Tim B-L, because he's not seen as an American 
Imperialist, and Bill Gates, because he's seen as an Imperialist over the 
US as well as the rest of us, would be good people to have embrace this. 
For the rest, places like ASEAN, CIS, EU, OAS (does it still exist?) and 
UN are the sort of fora to which we should be looking if these things are 
really important. In practical terms the approach should probably be 
through national governments, of course.

Charles McCN

On Wed, 27 May 1998, William Loughborough wrote:

> I wonder if anyone has any reason why the following Proposed
> Presidential Proclamation could, should, or would not be embraced by
> such people as Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, and (tada) Bill Clinton:
> Because "the buck stops here" I am from this date forward *requiring*
> that any document put onto the World Wide Web by this ______________
> [insert "organization", "company", or "government" here] conform to the
> Authoring Guidelines of the Web Access Initiative of the World Wide Web
> Consortium as published at: http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-WAI-PAGEAUTH.html
> Although retrofitting all of our Web sites is a daunting (but ongoing)
> task, there can be no excuse accepted for not making all further Web
> additions (or revisions) fully compliant with accessibility guidelines.
> 		*****
> At the LA Face2Face Phill Jenkins pointed out that as he went through
> the various phases of trying to get IBM's web presence into the world of
> accessibility the first methods' effectiveness (personal modification,
> pleas to webmasters to comply) paled compared to going to somebody in
> charge who in effect said "fix it or get fired!"
> We need to start with Tim who has likely already made this a de facto
> imperative, thence to all the Consortium companies (all of whom signed
> on to the goals of WAI) and very importantly, (both because of the
> necessity of all citizens to have access to their government's
> documentation and because the breadth of reach of this edict in impact
> and public notice) to the "CEO of CEOs".
> Even if retrofitting efforts never fully succeed the amount of stuff
> that will be posted to the Web henceforward will dwarf what's already
> there so this could be a *BIG* help.
> -- 
> Love.
> http://dicomp.pair.com
Received on Wednesday, 27 May 1998 22:32:52 UTC

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