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RE: Accessibility of Salt Lake Olympic Site

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 10:47:38 -0700
Message-Id: <a05100300b800a2786ef2@[]>
To: Denise Wood <Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 3:45 AM +1030 2001/10/28, Denise Wood wrote:
>I've made a bit of a start in my very earlier email and others have 
>contributed already to the discussion about the site. What does 
>everyone think about starting to shape up a document like TomW's but 
>based on the SLC site with contributions from those who can?

I am a bit concerned with the WAI lists basically being used to identify
an inaccessible site and then whip up a frenzy of negative feedback on
their accessibility.  I think that the circumstances are different enough
-- e.g., the Australian site received complaints and had the opportunity
to deal with them (even if they ignored them) and to the best of my
knowledge no one has written to the Salt Lake City site yet.

I think before we start writing manifestos on why any given site (chosen
at quasi-random) is bad, we need to first make every effort to work with
them to inform them of the problems and offer assistance as allies.
Publicly preparing unsolicited accessibility reports is not necessarily
a friendly tactic.

In short, I am fearful of WAI interest group mailing lists becoming a
lynch mob -- that's not what they're for and ultimately it does not
help our cause to take such an approach.


Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
Technical Developer Liaison
Reef North America
Accessibility - W3C - Integrator Network
Received on Saturday, 27 October 2001 14:08:00 UTC

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