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Re: Menus, navigation, and simplicity (Perhaps slightly off-topic)

From: Kevin A Sesock <sesock@okstate.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 13:39:16 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFFE75A5B2.4BA7BF4E-ON86256D64.0063039D-86256D64.006675D1@okstate.edu>
Apparently, in my last message, I greatly miscommunicated. My comments 
(and apologies) below.

>This is the kind of letter which one shouldn't reply to until atleast
>24 hours have gone by. Sadly, but also luckily, I will be out of touch
>for about 8 days.

>During that time I'll happily be vilified. Let's get it over with. I
>am not interested in debating this drivel with you. From the moment
>you started in with the "defeatist" talk, the entire debate is lost.

What I meant by this statement is that it's defeatist to not even consider 
the question. I felt as though it was a "No, that's stupid," answer to my 
inquiry, and I apologize for my misinterpretation.

Perhaps you've dealt with this particular question before, but I have not. 
Perhaps you have had debates and discussions on the pros and cons of 
implementing such a standard before, but I have not. If you have any 
archives of such discussions, information on the pros and cons, etc., I 
would be more than happy to catch up. Since I'm personally not acquainted 
with this debate, since it seems that there has been discussion on it 
before, I unfortunately do not know what has been said about why or why 
not to implement such a system.

>Every time someone comes along and tells you that "That bridge is
>gonna fall down if you make it out of matchsticks" someone else will
>scream bloody murder and claim that you're "defeatist" 'cause "New
>anti-grav trucks will do wonderful on that bridge!"

I merely proposed the idea for a bridge, I did not suggest a building 
material, nor did I mean to imply that I was "scream[ing] bloody murder", 
about the fact that the bridge must be built. I was merely suggesting that 
this idea continue to be debated. Unfortunately, it's harder for me to 
write objectively in the mornings before the coffee sets in, and many of 
my words come off as more emotional than I intend. Again, my apologies.

>Very well. I am not willing to move onto your matchsticks bridge
>whether that makes me defeatist or not.[*]

>Until and unless you can present a method whereupon a client, which
>does not support the idealistic and forward-thinking methods of
>content inclusion (made by the good guys), can still get to the very
>same, and not a watered down version of, content I will stay over here
>in the camp of the bad, defeatist, opponents of accessibility.

Again, I apologize, I did not mean to refer to you as an opponent of 
accessibility. I was simply using that example as a point of reference 
that I see often in terms of people accentuating the cons and ignoring the 
positive. I did not mean to imply that you are an opponent of 
accessibility, nor bad, nor defeatist, and I apologize for that fact that 
I was not clear in that representation.

Additionally, I merely made a suggestion to the list, I did not spend 
weeks drawing up a proposal to the W3C for an inclusion of a standard or 
"method". It was merely to stimulate discussion about a subject that I 
feel might be worth spending a little bit of time on. I do thank you for 
your reply and your concerns regarding this issue, and that was why I 
replied, because I felt that I had some answers to your concerns.

>Answers of "Supporting X browser is asinine!" and "Upgrade!" will
>happily be rejected, as will "But CSS does this!". The latter is
>factually wrong, the former has no place in accessibility.

Why not? Aren't we trying to create standards for accessibility? Why do we 
have to support browsers that don't support the standard? I've never heard 
a good reason that we should support browsers and old technology that 
don't live up to the standards that have been out upwards of 5 years (an 
eternity on the web), but I've heard many good reasons for encouraging 
people to upgrade. That does not mean forcing people away from Lynx, 
text-based, or deprecated browsing styles, merely non-standards compliant 
and out-of-date. I believe that accessibility is improving because 
adherence to standards (and the standards themselves) are improving, and 
that's why I think people should be encouraged to upgrade. I don't believe 
there truly is a backwards compatibility in the web, even though I know 
that everyone wants it. I'll stop there, as I believe my thoughts and 
opinions on this are already clear. 

>Eagerly awaiting your answer and methodology, whilst wishing
>feverishly for a Sanity Clause.

Thank you again for your rational and well thought out rebuttal.

Kevin A. Sesock, A+, NET+, CNA, MCSA
Deskside Computer Support Specialist
Student Disability Services
SLA Program
Information Technology Division
Oklahoma State University

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in 
practice there is." --Unknown
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