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RE: Wired story about 508 Compliance

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 17:42:08 -0400
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To: "Waddell, Cynthia" <cynthia.waddell@ci.sj.ca.us>, "'MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US'" <MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
In several instances it seems to be a combination of a complex issue, which
some reporters are coming across for the first time, and working on under
deadline. Look back at Maria Seminario's article on ZDNet--she has made a
number of corrections
http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2243282,00.html in response
to feedback and clarification requests.

We are following up with the Wired writer as well.

Judy

At 02:21 PM 5/7/99 -0700, Waddell, Cynthia wrote:
>It certainly makes our job more difficult with the sloppy reporting.  I hope
>this is not a misinformation campaign to discredit web accessibility efforts
>and divide the tech community.
>
>Cynthia D. Waddell
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US [mailto:MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US]
>Sent: Friday, May 07, 1999 3:15 PM
>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Subject: Re: Wired story about 508 Compliance
>
>
>>From the Wired story, this gem of patronization and twisted 
>language: 
>
>"Of course, I believe that handicapped people should 
>have full access to the Web," said Oz Lubling, a technologist at 
>Web design and consulting firm Razorfish. "But technology and 
>new computer languages, like XML, are emerging so quickly now 
>that a more useful approach would be to work with and adapt the 
>new technology to enable the users, rather than restrict the old 
>technology, which seems disabling," he said.
>
>Check out Oz's cutting-edge web site (I guess alt tags just 
>aren't cutting edge enough).
>
>http://www.Razorfish.com/
>
>> >http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/19556.html
>> 
>> Another example of sloppy reporting on this issue, especially
>> when they quote ignorant web developers -- who obviously haven't
>> been to http://aware.hwg.org/ -- who say that making a site
>> accessible will "double" the time necessary to make a web
>> site.
>> 
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Judy Brewer    jbrewer@w3.org    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
MIT/LCS Room NE43-355, 545 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA,  02139,  USA
Received on Friday, 7 May 1999 17:44:10 GMT

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