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RE: Washington Post editoral: Claims Against Common Sense

From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@naw.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 14:37:17 -0500
Message-Id: <199811171938.OAA14797@www10.w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I made a less pationate and more direct, technical approach to his
editorial. I e-mailed it directly to him and his editors:

William,

I wanted to repond to your column from yesterday about how Randy Tamez
needs to "give up" with his ADA complaint regarding Web sites. Since you're
not a professional Web developer, you may not realize that there are
hundreds of people across the country working to make it so the Web is more
accessible for people with disabilities like Randy. 

Because the Web is graphically-oriented and many Web developers wish to
continue designing big, flashy sites....we've all been saying the only way
we'd ever get legislation regarding the accessibility of Web sites would be
if someone were to file an ADA complaint. People with disabilities have
just as much a right to view information as those who are fine. 

The best way to make a Web site accessible is NOT to make a seperate text
page. This requires extra work on behalf of the developer both to create
and maintain. The Web Accessibility Initiative of the Web Consotrium,
(W3C), has developed a set of page authoring guidelines to teach Web
developers how to make sites more accessible without sacrificing their
beautiful designs and powerful graphics. Unfortunatly, because certain
people perpetuate the myth that text is the only way this can be
accomplished, Web developers are ignoring the topic of accessibility.

You can read more about Web accessibility at http://www.w3.org/WAI


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