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RE: Washington Post editoral: Claims Against Common Sense

From: Shawn Denny <Shawn_Denny@wpi.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 14:34:47 -0500
Message-ID: <519D0B47A217D2118B4500C04F7942540625CB@GT-Exchg.wpi.org>
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Shawn "Webdawg" Denny
Information Architect

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	B.K. DeLong [SMTP:bkdelong@naw.org]
> Sent:	Tuesday, November 17, 1998 2:37 PM
> To:	w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject:	RE: Washington Post editoral:  Claims Against Common Sense
> 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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