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Re: One of those pesky questions

From: Mike Paciello <paciello@yuri.org>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 1998 10:20:46 -0500
Message-Id: <3.0.32.19980303102044.009cdac0@ma.ultranet.com>
To: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: paciello@yuri.org
I'd second Scott's thought with an additional note. Browsing as we know it
today is changing rapidly, particularly in the area of display interfaces.
Kiosks, TV's, cell phones, cars, watches, consumer electronic products,
etc..etc... all are being equipped with web based, wireless display
interfaces. Sun, SpyGlass, Netscape, IBM, Adobe and a host of telco and
cable manufacturers already have made the investment. Without their
"buy-in", the WAI battle becomes much more difficult and, perhaps, somewhat
futile. 

I am of the humble opinion that our "battle" would be much easier if more
emphasis was placed on education, awareness, and outreach (with a subtle,
but powerful PR strategy) geared at helping industry and, ultimately,
resulting in gaining their support. 

After all the hard work that the Guidelines WG has put in over the past
several months, I haven't had any inkling that the W3C is gaining
membership support for the WAI. I really wonder what's going on in the
minds of those 200+ members. Since the release of the guidelines, are W3C
members eager to implement and "advertise" their support? Clearly IBM and
Microsoft have been there right from the start (thank goodness)...But I
really would like to see "new kids on the block", demonstrating similar
support and zeal. 

Sorry for getting off on a tangent...and I am in no way trying to
dishearten the outstanding work already accomplished...but it comes right
back to what Scott indicated below -- development without participation =
zero integration.

- Mike   



At 06:40 AM 3/3/98 -0800, Scott Luebking wrote:
>Hi,
>Both the au and ui groups are meeting via phone this week.  I'm afraid
>I keep having one of those pesky questions cropping up for me.
>
>Basically, how many browser companies have shown a willingness to
>modify their browser software.  Various browser companies may show
>something like moral support.  However, this type of support can
>be fairly cheap.  What happens when they need to expend resources
>for changing their software to include accessibility?  For example,
>as near as I can tell, Netscape has not shown any interest in taking
>on the chore of modifying their browser software to include
>aceesibility aspects.  If the WAI decides what is needed in browsers
>without participation of browser companies, the browser companies
>will have less a sense of ownership of the issues and will be more
>reluctant to make changes to their software.
>
>Scott
>
>
>
Received on Tuesday, 3 March 1998 10:21:02 GMT

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