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RE: Simplicity of Authoring and Accessibility Tools

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 12:32:02 -0800
To: "WAI Interest Group \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001b01c08256$e1f545c0$0100a8c0@aries>
Anne Pemberton wrote:
"But, I suspect you will be equally horrified to learn that the state of
Virginia has as one of its instructional standards (for technology) that by
eighth grade each Virginia student will have created their own web page."

No, I think that's a great idea. But I hope that those students are taught
HTML and CSS and not just plopped down in front of Front Page and told to
drag and drop. What would be the point of that?

In my experience, kids like to learn things like HTML (up until about 8th
grade, anyway... after that some don't want to learn anything at all).
Adults are another matter. I think that many adults decide right after high
school that they're done having to learn things and that's that. Thus the
resistance of many to learning HTML (or, in fact, *anything* about
computers).

IMO, the problem is not with learning HTML, but with overcoming the
unwillingness to try and the fear of failure.

Charles Munat
Received on Friday, 19 January 2001 15:25:29 GMT

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