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Re: accessify.com's review of RNIB relaunch

From: Tim Roberts <tim@wiseguysonly.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 22:53:33 +0200
Message-ID: <3EFA0BCD.1060802@wiseguysonly.com>
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi Kynn,

There is nothing wrong with HTML (I am unsure how long this will stand 
true) and it can be made as accessible as anything.

However, my point was that XHTML demands a certain level of 
accessibility in the fact that it is specifically aimed at encouraging 
developers to seperate content and style - this is definitely a good 
move for producing accessibile content.  It also enforces developers to 
provide obligatory textual alternatives for objects, frames, scripts and 
applets etc. And finally, is it better to develop accessible sites using 
older technologies, or new technolgies that contain backwards 
comaptibility as well as ensuring your site will still perform with 
browsing devices that have not yet been invented.

I remind you that the w3 states:

"XHTML is the successor of HTML."

I have witnessed the great leap in supporrt for these standards and the 
way they assist developers  in prodiucing  accessibile content. HTML 
will not die overnight,
but it may wane.

I will have to stand by my claim and say that HTML 4 can be made 
accessibile, XHTML has more inherent features that steer developers 
toward accessible development, but both still need the human experience 
to determine the true accessibility.

Tim


Kynn Bartlett wrote:

>
>
> On Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at 06:28 AM, Tim Roberts wrote:
>
>> XHTML does contain inherent benefits to accessibility.
>>
> What benefits does XHTML 1.0 offer over HTML 4.01?
>
> --Kynn
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