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RE: conference:[Fwd: Web Developer Fall Conference 2000 * Sept. 1 8 * San Francisco]

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 11:16:16 -0700
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To: Dave J Woolley <DJW@bts.co.uk>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "'David Poehlman'" <poehlman@clark.net>
At 11:05 AM 9/6/2000 , Dave  J Woolley wrote:
> > From: David Poehlman [SMTP:poehlman@clark.net]
> > 
>         [DJW:]  What's the accessibility angle on this?
> > * HTML Tricks the Pros Use
> > * Mastering CSS
> > * Special Effects with JavaScript and DHTML
> > * Flash, SMIL, and SVG
> > * Wireless Content Showdown
> > (see the full seminar agenda below)
>         [DJW:]  
>         Items 1, 3 and 4 appear to be about maximising the
>         inaccessibility of the web site.  (E.g. "HTML tricks"
>         normally mean how to abuse HTML, by using implementation
>         details, for visual effect.)

I wouldn't assume this.  There's nothing about "HTML tricks",
Javascript/DHTML, Flash, SMIL, or SVG that's inherently
inaccessible.  In fact, in many cases, a well done Flash
animation or DHTML effect can IMPROVE the accessibility of
a site, _for certain audiences_.

Let's not be too quick to condemn useful technology with the
label of "maximizing the inaccessibility" -- nothing about the
use of DHTML, Flash, etc. guarantees inaccessibility any more
or less than the use of HTML itself does!


Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                       http://kynn.com/
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