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Re: W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Statement on Web Access Report from UK Disability Rights Commission

From: Julian Voelcker <asp@tvw.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 10:17:02 GMT
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <VA.00000d99.035daf41@tvw.net>

Hi Paul,

OK, I'm not at my best first thing in the morning <g>, but in whose interest is it 
to point out the inaccuracies?

> As it stands now, this will cause confusion among those who are just
> getting into accessibility (heck, even the ones who've been at it for quite
> a while).

I think it is more confusing for Judy to contradict the findings.  I think that 
she would be better off congratulating the DRC on the study and raising awareness 
and then point out where people can go to find out more about the WAI.

> But what's the alternative ? Have the W3C silently agreeing to
> something they don't believe is factually correct, just to show a united front ?

I think yes.  From what I understand of it, the report is intended to highlight 
the lack of awareness and to promote awareness.  To a certain degree the details 
are irrelevant at that level.

> For what it's worth, I didn't find the tone of Judy's email negative...simply
> giving the W3C's view...but maybe I'm missing some nuances here...

I suppose it comes down to who received Judy's release.  If it was just targeted 
at people who are already aware of the various issues and might have noticed the 
inaccuracies of the report, then fine.  However if it was targeted at the national 
press, who aren't really interested in the details, just the story, it does come 
over as being negative at detracts from the report.

Cheers,

Julian Voelcker
Cirencester, United Kingdom
Received on Wednesday, 14 April 2004 05:15:16 UTC

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