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RE: PDF in WCAG 2

From: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 13:49:22 -0400
Message-ID: <1A729C6059E7CD4CA1DFE3985E6004210623ADEB@fth-ex02.CVNS.corp.covansys.com>
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John Foliot wrote:

> Yes, change is good.  WCAG 2.0 rightly builds upon WCAG 1.0, 
> which was appropriate for it's time, but is now 5 years old.  
> Flash and PDFs (for
> example) exhibit many of the same accessibility issues as 
> HTML does. 

I tend to agree with where John is going with this. HTML is a W3C
technology. PDF and SWF are not. WCAG says to use W3C technologies, so
why shouldn't WCAG deal with W3C technologies? Just let the outside
vendors deal with making their technologies accessible and leave it
alone.

> To make them accessible, we need to apply many of 
> the same principles. The debate to me isn't about whether or 
> not a technology is accessible, it is about what the primary 
> delivery format should be. HTML is the most, and will 
> continue to be the most universally accessible format.

I think so too. The group should be focusing on ensuring that W3C
technolgies are accessible, are used correctly and that WCAG supports
those technolgies.

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Randal Rust
Covansys Corp.
Columbus, OH
Received on Thursday, 19 August 2004 18:12:10 UTC

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