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RE: Politics: Strict Guidelines Considered Harmful

From: Jim Thatcher <thatch@attglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 14:23:22 -0600
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <NDBBKJDAKKEJDCICIODLAEDFCKAA.thatch@attglobal.net>

I assume you would guess that I agree with you 100%. Having worked to bring
realistic web standards into IBM, now I am writing a course on Web
Accessibility for 508 training. This has to be practical. This must be

Part of the problem is that the list members and group members so work and
rework the wording that when it comes out the other end, those responsible
for doing something about it can't understand what has been said. In that
process I believe that industry representatives long before the end felt
that they had to withdraw. I hope you will continue to stand strong and

Like you said, we all share the dream of an accessible web. For some of us,
being practical is much more important, will gain much more for everybody,
than strict interpretation, over-bearing detail and incomprehensible

Accessibility Consulting

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Behalf Of Kynn Bartlett
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2000 10:16 AM
To: Davey Leslie; Charles F. Munat; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Politics: Strict Guidelines Considered Harmful

At 8:51 PM +0900 12/15/00, Davey Leslie wrote:
>Your Avoidance Theory of Web Design is clever but, to paraphrase Jessie
>Jackson, "doesn't pass the smell test."

Hi, Davey, can you explain this a little further?  I think I understand
what you are saying but I am not sure.

I do have serious fears that if we reach too far and demand too much
(and I _do_ believe that's possible; this may be a point of philosophic
disagreement right there), then the WAI and WCAG will become meaningless
by forcing people to choose between accessibility and decent design
practices.  I don't want that choice to be made and I don't think
it's necessary, -because- I think it's a case where accessibility
will lose consistently.

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Received on Friday, 15 December 2000 15:29:20 UTC

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