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Re: Exploding the myth of automated accessibility checking

From: Geoff Deering <geoff@deering.id.au>
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2005 20:55:43 +1000
Message-ID: <42F88BAF.7040303@deering.id.au>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

There needs to be some balance in all this, and an awareness that there 
are so many variables when combining both human interaction with various 
devices and configurations and the way they interpret and present the data.

You can't take either to an exclusion of the other without the whole 
process suffering.  Neither device nor human testing is an answer in 
itself, because a device cannot fully test for human interaction and a 
human cannot fully test for device interaction (although some sentient 
compiler/parsers may beg to argue :-) ).

There are so many factors that are peculiar to human perception, and 
there are also so many factors that rely on user agent interpretation 
and rendering of the data, that there is a need for as much machine 
testing as is feasible.  Both are quite relevant and very important for 
a WAI practitioners.  And both are interdependently tied together, there 
must be some sort of device in order for the human interaction with web 
content, even if it's just a printer.

Geoff Deering
Received on Tuesday, 9 August 2005 10:56:01 UTC

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