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Re: Media - Suit Over Airlines' Web Sites Tests Bounds of ADA

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 21:37:52 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200210102037.g9AKbqS02276@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> 2. I see no reason to assume that anyone is actively preventing access, just
> not actively allowing access.  Do you have any examples of active
> preventing?  It seems that your argument could be used to require companies

Very few are actually trying to get rid of the disabled as "timewasters",
but a few are probably trying to get rid of minority browser users for such
reasons.

However, they are actively violating the design principles of HTML, which
were there, and still are there, to achieve broad definition
accessibility.  In his early paper T-BL says that HTML was deliberately
simple (and explicitly didn't include colour!) to make it universal.
What most web designers are using is really something in the PDF families
target area, not in the original target area for HTML.

I think it almost de-rigeur for a marketing department to ask a programmer
to achieve a particular effect and the programmer to supply hacks based on
the behaviour of IE.
Received on Thursday, 10 October 2002 16:37:57 GMT

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