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Re: Breadcrumbs

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 01:32:28 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0408050129180.13995@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> If someone codes [bread crumb links] as a list and uses CSS to add
> "greater than looking" image characters before each link - then I believe
> that is NOT accessible because if I turn off CSS

I don't see why we have to plan for that use case. It's WCAG 1.0 thinking 
("Why *do* they hate the Web so?")-- if somebody, even the W3C, comes up 
with a technology to make the Web better, you have to let loose the U.S. 
Handicapper General on authors and force everything they do to work just 
as well in the most backward and hobbled system as in the most current.

I use Lynx every single day (how many people do?) and even I don't believe 
CSS-free Web usage has any legs whatsoever. We *expect* people to use CSS. 
We cannot *also* expect people to make everything work just the same way 
without it.

> CSS should not be used to add semantical information through styling.

Your battle has been lost: Generated content is part of the CSS spec and 
will not be removed. Game over.

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     Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org
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Received on Wednesday, 4 August 2004 21:32:54 UTC

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