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RE: Validation as test for basic accessibility

From: Charles F. Munat <charles@munat.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 10:05:40 -0800
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>, <webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net>
Cc: "Web Accessibility Initiative" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBKDNHDLCHIDEDGEICCELKCDAA.charles@munat.com>
Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
"The point is not that validation equals accessibility, but that the two are
related, and often one is a good indicator that the person has thought about
their site and done the other."

Agreed. So what if we promoted accessibility thus:

1. Make sure your code is valid. This will ensure that it works well on a wide variety of browsers and is an important first step towards accessibility.

2. Once you have valid code, consider more specific items:

	a. Are you using Alt and/or Longdesc properly?

	b. Are multimedia items accessible (e.g., captioned)?

etc.

Would this be more effective than starting with, say, alt text, and only mentioning validity later on?

I think that it might be, and that Bruce is on to something, but let's hear what others think.

Charles Munat,
Munat, Inc.
Seattle, Washington
Received on Wednesday, 19 January 2000 14:10:53 GMT

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