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Re: WCAG 2.0, a joke or for real?

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 18:45:15 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0408161841050.4685@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> If you have something constructive to add, get involved and discuss
> possible solutions with the group.

Actually, no, it is not the responsibility of the critic to solve the 
problem. Pauline Kael was not expected to rewrite and redirect the films 
she disliked.

The esteemed Working Group likes two things to be true at once:

* preferred participants can propose anything they want, which remains in 
place until its removal or modification is proposed by a preferred 

* other participants are expected to completely rewrite guidelines they 
can demonstrate are wrong

Since not everybody who can spot a mistake can fix it (I know there's a 
leak in the ceiling; do you expect me to get up there with a ladder and a 
bucket o' tar?), the latter expectation has the effect of permitting 
preferred participants to ignore everybody else.

Which they in fact do.

If you want to have preferred participants (and you *do* have them), then 
stop being surprised when everyone else tries to play by your rules and 
gets *you* to do the work required to fix what you screwed up in the first 

And as for the question in the subject line: Joke.


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