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RE: Accessibility, discrimination, and WCAG 2.0

From: Javier Romaņach <jromanac@dial.eunet.es>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 01:23:19 +0200
Message-ID: <009501c03c86$b35ee9c0$530dfea9@packard>
To: "Paul Davis" <paul@ten-20.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Hello Kynn,

I liked the list of responsabilities. I'm missing the web creation software
manufacturer (if different from browser), probably between points 4 and 5. I
firmly believe that we won't have accesible Internet until the editors are
capable of generating accesible web pages with just one click.


Javier Romaņach
Madrid, Spain

----- Original Message -----
From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
To: Paul Davis <paul@ten-20.com>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2000 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: Accessibility, discrimination, and WCAG 2.0

> At 4:38 PM +0100 10/22/00, Paul Davis wrote:
> >As to who is responsible for accessibility it has to be the
> >designer. If we have a house built that later falls down who takes
> >the blame? If we buy equipment that is faulty who has to replace it?
> Paul, I think this is a bit of an oversimplification -- because the
> house builder is not entirely responsible for the user's experience.
> (And it's user experiences which are inaccessible or accessible to
> a given user.)
> The people responsible include:
> (1) The user, for making sure that her software and hardware is
>      configured correctly.
> (2) The hardware manufacturers.
> (3) The operating system manufacturer.
> (4) The browser software manufacturer.
> (5) The manufacturer of any additional assistive technology, hardware
>      or software.
> (6) The web designer and/or the web programmer associated with the
>      site in question.
> (7) The people who create the standards (protocols, languages)
>      used by the web designer or web programmer.
> At the WAI level, we're primarily concerned with people in (6) and
> (7), but it's not entirely the fault of the web designer if someone
> cannot access information; you can't assume that it will always be
> the designer's fault.
> (Likewise, if a house falls down, you can blame a number of people --
> the carpenter, the people who supplied the wood, the building
> inspectors, etc. etc. etc.  It's not as simple as just blaming the
> architect!)
> --Kynn
> --
> --
> Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
> http://www.kynn.com/
Received on Sunday, 22 October 2000 20:19:20 UTC

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