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RE: How Far Can Web Accessibility Go?

From: keiko okada <k-okada@mitsue.co.jp>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2003 10:19:07 +0900
To: <gdeering@acslink.net.au>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000301c3ca85$17ea0660$2b0310ac@mitsue.co.jp>


Hello, Geoff, 

>You know, I don't believe this myth at all, it's just a very lazy
excuse 
>for not understanding the foundations of this medium.  If you have a 
>basic understanding of the publishing model in the print world, of 
>software development and engineering, and understand markup as applied 
>to a device independent network (the principles of SGML), also which
any 
>GUI operating system represents these days, then you tend not to get 
>caught in that myth and it's hype.  But I will emphasis that one can
now 
>proclaim that because user agents do now better support enough of W3C 
>recommendations to make them a feasible path of development based on 
>ROI, whereas, in the very recent past, one needed to implement ones kit

>bag of tricks to be commercially viable.

The lack of understanding of this medium is not the only factor, or an
excuse. I agree with you that we don't have enough skilled designers,
developers, and engineers in this needed field. But they can get help
from outside if they really are in need. Sadly though, there are still
so many people who do not take this issue seriously. It is too sad to
know that it is often the budget and dicision makers attitude that are
making it so difficult to say yes to the question. First we need to
understand the needs, then the skills (or skilled people). 

Kind regards,
Keiko

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Keiko OKADA 
http://www.mitsue.co.jp
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