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RE: Rockville, MD- Seeking low vision users for testing federal website

From: John Foliot - bytown internet <foliot@bytowninternet.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 08:40:43 -0500
To: "RUST Randal" <RRust@COVANSYS.com>, "'Access Systems'" <accessys@smart.net>
Cc: "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENEENOCPAA.foliot@bytowninternet.com>

Hear, hear!

Another issue is dealing with content creators who are accustomed to writing
material and seek to "publish" there tomes on the internet.  We also have
"designers" who approach web development strictly from an esthetic
perspective, with little thought to underlying functionality.

Everybody, repeat after me: "We don't *publish* web sites, we POST them.  We
don't *design* web sites, we DEVELOP them."  (I'm thinking of getting a
t-shirt printed.)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of RUST Randal
> Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 8:31 AM
> To: 'Access Systems'
> Cc: WAI-IG
> Subject: RE: Rockville, MD- Seeking low vision users for testing federal
> w ebsite
> Bob said:
> > of course the expectations are way up there, as someone who
> > has been on what passes for the internet for over 20 years I
> > am seriously dismayed by the degradation of accessibility
> > over the years, the equipment and software is getting better
> > but total access is getting worse...would you not be dismayed?
> As I get more and more involved in Web development, I cannot
> ignore that the
> situation is only going to grow worse.  This is in large part due to
> programmers who are moving from software development to Web development.
> They rely too much on WYSIWYG tools, such as JDeveloper, Struts and Visual
> Basic.  Because they have, in the past, had little or no constraint in how
> they've had to create code, except for the platform, they have no
> desire to
> put the effort into properly writing markup.  As long as the pages display
> and work in Internet Explorer then they think that their job is done. This
> is a huge problem that I'm having to deal with on a daily basis.
> Randal
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