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CSS Techniques for WCAG 2.0

From: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 10:17:12 +0200
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- CSS Techniques for WCAG 2.0
     http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-CSS-TECHS-20040730/

The document looks more like some beginners CSS manual than an important
document that can guide us to more accessible web pages.

Important and less important issues are listed side by side, and some of
it has only a faint relationship to accessibility.

In the Abstract it clearly says:

"The techniques listed in this document are suggestions on how to
confirm to WCAG 2.0. However, they may not be the only way to satisfy
each success criterion."
 
This is very nice when you don't agree with a technique but often bad
when you do.

Since most of the guidelines and checkpoints of WCAG 1.0 have been
transferred to the "techniques" in the proposal for WCAG 2.0, I find it
dangerous that the techniques seem to talk about anything, are without
authority or power, there is no ambition of being Best Practice, no
focus, no drive no direction.

I fear that the proposal for WCAG 2.0 will leave us with a huge vacuum
making it very likely for all kinds of national and local accessibility
guidelines to proliferate. In a few years we will see more than 150
national "Sections 508" and all sorts of local accessibility guidelines
will pop up.
 
I thought WCAG was supposed to be a unified universal approach to
accessibility in order to avoid fragmentation, nationalization and
localization of accessibility.

Best regards,

Jesper Tverskov
www.smackthemouse.com
Received on Thursday, 19 August 2004 08:17:11 UTC

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