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Re: context?

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 15:22:44 -0800
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19981113152244.00ba7c60@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: love26@gorge.net
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 03:03 p.m. 11/13/98 -0800, William Loughborough wrote:
>Wilson Craig of Henter-Joyce: "This is not the case. What Ted said
>to the reporter was 'It's a piece of cake for them (web authors) to make
>a web site work for us (blind computer users).'"

>WL:: The reason we have a WAI and its associated interest and working
>groups is because it's not seen as "a piece of cake" by either most web
>authors or the companies that produce authoring tools.

Well, it's a yes and no situation.  Creating an accessible web page
is NOT harder than creating an inaccessible -- if you know what the
heck you're doing.  This is one of the messages I try to teach to
anyone who takes my CSS or accessible design online classes:  once
you've learned how to do it, it's minimal work, really, to make sure
that a vast number of people can use your page.

So why don't people do it?  Ignorance, mostly.  Laziness isn't even
a big factor, because it's _not_ a lot of work.  Accessible web
design is hard only because people don't know how easy and simple
it is.  That's what I teach, and I think that's the best key to
getting people to do it:  The amount of work necessary is minimal
compared to the benefits.

--
Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>             http://www.idyllmtn.com/~kynn/
Chief Technologist & Co-Owner, Idyll Mountain Internet; Fullerton, California
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Received on Friday, 13 November 1998 18:26:45 GMT

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