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Less shame, more action

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 16:58:25 -0400
Message-Id: <a05100306b800cfa9ba77@[]>
To: w3c-wai-ig@W3.org
>I'm continually ashamed of myself. My web page is all text, for 
>example, and whenever I read something by Jonathan or Anne, I feel 
>guilt and shame, and my reflex is to utterly reject whatever they 
>say because it makes me feel bad.

Oh, stop. Accessibility is a process of continuous education. The 
requirements of people who don't read well are merely the newest 
news. It takes a while to come up with an accessibility approach, 
which, in this particular case, may be antithetical to the Web as we 
know it by definition anyway. It then takes even longer to apply that 
approach, if it even can be.

There is no reason for "shame" here. It's all a bit self-indulgent, 
and, moreover, comes off as quite false. Let's not turn the 
accessibility demimonde into a twelve-step group or a forum for 
venting of private emotional complexes, like the televised 
recollections of some starlet just out of rehab.
         Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org | <http://joeclark.org/access/>
         Accessibility articles, resources, and critiques ||
           "I do not pretend to understand the mind of Joe Clark"
           -- Larry Goldberg
Received on Saturday, 27 October 2001 17:06:23 UTC

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