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RE: FW: Disturbing trend in tables

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 11:17:10 -0500
Message-ID: <5DCA49BDD2B0D41186CE00508B6BEBD03004F8@wdcrobexc01.ed.gov>
To: "'lake@netscape.com'" <lake@netscape.com>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear Lake,

Do you have any pull with Netscape in getting them to offer an html
composition tool that produces valid code?

The good folks at the Palo Alto Research Center can be forgiven their
allusions to print.  The GUI was new then, and besides, that was more than
25 years ago!  Are we not now mature enough to have a more evolved mindset?
Steve Jobs tried to do away with the "trashcan" and "desktop" metaphors with
Apple's latest operating system, OS X, but the cries of protest were more
than he could handle!  Yes, changing tools is easier than changing people,
but obviously, work is needed on both!

The liberating nature of the medium not withstanding, I have higher
expectation of teachers than I do five year olds.

-- Bruce

> ----------
> From: 	lake@netscape.com
> Sent: 	Thursday, January 18, 2001 3:35 PM
> To: 	Bailey Bruce
> Subject: 	Re: Fw: Disturbing trend in tables
> 
> Something we should all remember here is that the Web is not just 
> liberating for the disabled but for the masses. Ann, you should not only 
> be commended for your bravery in supporting the general user but for 
> putting up with the abuse and insensitivity and anger of some on this 
> list. Bruce thank you for offering alternatives. This should have been 
> done allot earlier in this discussion.
> 
> Yes the majority of people misunderstand the medium and they will 
> continue to misunderstand it associating it with things like print, that 
> they are familiar with. Strangely, print is what Xerox and Apple based 
> some of their first wiziwig interfaces on that made the computer so 
> ubiquitous and usable for so many people. Where do you think they got 
> desk top, trash can and document from? Changing the tools to create 
> proper HTML and making Style sheets work in wisiwig editors will be much 
> easier than changing so many people.  Web page authoring and browsing 
> should be achievable by everyone, even my 5 year old  and I would not 
> expect him to understand HTML or it's philosophy to create a web page of 
> art and comments on his favorite things for his class mates and family.
> 
> Lake
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