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Re: About ABBR

From: <thatch@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 11:56:11 -0600
To: Ann Navarro <ann@webgeek.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <85256889.00627C6C.00@d54mta08.raleigh.ibm.com>


Ann, you're arguing a different point with "Accessible design is not
different, nor difficult." Things don't have to be difficult to take time.
And adding accessibility features does take time. Not a lot!! But the
discussion was about ABBR. The point was that ABBR does take some
time to include. ABBR has zero payoff to the content provider. Doesn't
make her site one bit more accessible.

Jim Thatcher
IBM Accessibility Center
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Ann Navarro <ann@webgeek.com> on 02/18/2000 11:36:18 AM

To:   lake@netscape.com (Lakespur Roca)
cc:   James Thatcher/Austin/IBM@IBMUS, "Gregory J. Rosmaita"
      <unagi69@concentric.net>, Phill Jenkins/Austin/IBM@IBMUS, WAI
      Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject:  Re: About ABBR




At 09:22 AM 2/18/00 -0800, Lakespur Roca wrote:
>Your Metaphore is off a bit. What you are actually asking these "builders"
>to do
>is build for Florida weather and make it earthquake safe. California
>builders know
>about Earthquake regulations, new materials and techniques for this but
Florida
>builders are not expected to have that expertese.

I disagree.

Accessible design is not different, nor difficult. Sites can be single-A
compliant without even trying if they use valid HTML and even marginal
design sense.

If it's *costing money* to do that, then we should be looking at the skills
of those hired, not at whether or not one should design accessibly.

Ann
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