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Re: Inconsistencies in WAI guidelines

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 09:17:05 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200111180917.fAI9H5217193@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> marginal.  Form Inputs as rendered in graphical browsers do not
> carry cues that are denied to other readers, so a page author who
> fails to provide adequate information is failing their mainstream
> users just as much as accessibility-challenged users, and should

There is a very strong tendency of web designers, whilst professing
that no technical knowledge is needed, to actually assume a very
high level of prior experience to web site design conventions.  
Whilst not fitting a narrow definition of accessibility, older 
members of the population have difficulties accessing the web
because they are trying to jump straight in rather than undergoing
a long apprenticeship, through GUIs and earlier web browsers, and
are also past the natural language learning stages of childhood.

> presumably be aware of the fact.  Exceptions to this observation

As web design matures as a profession, they may start to do so, but
I think the case is still that most designers have no real feeling
for the usability of their designs.
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