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Re: Politics: Strict Guidelines Considered Harmful

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 09:03:47 -0500
Message-ID: <008201c069c4$81a737a0$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>, "'Kynn Bartlett'" <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
heck, dos is still around and doing well and so is text based unix.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>
To: "'Kynn Bartlett'" <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: December 19, 2000 8:44 AM
Subject: RE: Politics: Strict Guidelines Considered Harmful

Very clever Kynn, but quite disingenuous.
(1)  CSS is formal and can be validated.  That gives it quite a
measure of
authority and mitigates against its abuse.  (This is also a small
barrier to
its initial use since there is something new to learn.)
(2)  Most of use have seen sites that were inaccessible because of the
of <font> and the like.  Can you cite one real-world reference where
CSS was used but the results decreased accessibility?

On a related thread, I would like to argue that support of Netscape
Navigator 3x (and even 2.02) is quite legitimate.  In my last job in
government, our typical setup was a Windows 3.11 machine running a 3x
browser.  I have no firm figures, but I would guess that Windows 3.11
still not all that uncommon in the schools.  Additionally, if we want
reach out to ecumenically depressed areas, continued support of older
configurations should be a consideration.  All that said, I still
validated HTML plus CSS is still the best way to serve these customers
modern clients simultaneously.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]
> Behalf Of Kynn Bartlett
> 1.  CSS, and its like, if allowed are likely to be misused.
> (decreasing accessibility)
> 2.  If disallowed, CSS, and its like, will be used anyway as that
>      level of the guidelines will be ignored. (decreasing
> accessibility)
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