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

From: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 07:43:01 -0400
Message-ID: <1A729C6059E7CD4CA1DFE3985E6004210623ADEF@fth-ex02.CVNS.corp.covansys.com>
To: <David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

David Pawson wrote:

> It is meant for people with congative disabilities.
> How would you phrase it?

What expertise does the WAI Group, much less the W3C have, in
determining the cognitive capabilities of a person?

To say, "Make sure that your audience can understand your content," is
kind of silly, because who in their right might mind is going to publish
content that can't be comprehended by their users?

It is a rule for writing good content, not a rule for making content
accessible on the Web. It has more to do with good journalism than good
accessibility.

Perhaps WCAG should be divided into Guidelines, which can be measured
and tested, and Suggested Best Practices, which can only be tested by a
person. Then you could put a rule such as this into the latter group.
The primary Guidelines should only refer to and deal with W3C
technologies.

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Randal Rust
Covansys Corp.
Columbus, OH
Received on Friday, 20 August 2004 11:43:32 UTC

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