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RE: The Problem with WCAG (was RE: CSS Techniques for WCAG 2.0)

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 09:57:52 -0400 (EDT)
To: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0408190946430.9679@smart.net>

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, RUST Randal wrote:

> david poehlman wrote:
> > I know you object to guidelines in general, but
> > without them, there would be no guidance for pollicy and
> > standards.
> Not true. Not true at all, David. I do not object to guidelines. I
> object to guidelines that are not understandable and impractical.

I've been thinking over the past few days reading all these and I think
the biggest problem is we are spending all of our time argueing "HOW" when
it doesn't really matter how, and how will change next week anyway.  What
is important is the "RESULT"  we need to actually define the final output
when viewed by the user.  period. who cares how it happens.

when we go down the road we come to a bridge, we know we can cross it
because there are standards in bridge construction and this bridge
somewhere along the line met those standards and it is checked regularly.
how the bridge was built, the materials, the techniques, the design don't
really matter what matters is I can drive accross it with my 18wheeler or
my little 30 year old VWbeetle...

same way.

final output for public sites should be.....!

.  readable with all currently used browsers, or with a freely avaliable
open source interperter.

everything else is "details"

how one does it is not really relavant to a code,  maybe in the addendum.

maybe this is all too simplistic, but I'm leaving on vacation tommorrow
and that's the extent of my thinking today....

> If WCAG is just a set of guidelines, then what to you consider to be
> standards or policy? Section 508?

Section 508 is a Regulation that must be followed.
  there can be severe penaltys for failure to comply.
(the full title is "section 508 of the rehabilitation act"  it is an
American act of Congress.  it has the force of law, failure to comply can
land one in court)


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