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Re: Where's Bobby? Are we left with Cynthia?

From: Bryce Fields <bryce.fields@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 10:10:17 -0500
Message-ID: <4000d8ad0601270710g234ff243ybc0e2e6d63869519@mail.gmail.com>
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

On 1/27/06, Stuart Smith <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
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> That is a very sad thing, that users have been reduced to this. I argue that an awareness of disability needs in the design process (a very different thing to an awareness of guidelines) is far more useful.

Agreed.  What most people don't realize is that creating a fully
accessible web site (dare I say, a WCAG 1.0 Priority III "compliant"
site), is a darned hard thing to do, especially if you don't consider
the needs of all users in the planning and design stages.  And it's
usually at worst impossible and at best expensive to retrofit
accessiblity into a poorly designed and constructed site.  That's one
reason I'm such a proponent of a full-blown accessibility statement
over some meaningless icon.  It implies and requires forethought, and
is an indication that the needs of all users has gone into the
planning of a site.  And it's far more useful than an icon to the end
user, because it clearly spells out what has been built into the site
to accomodate their needs.

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Bryce Fields
www.royalrodent.com

"Do or do not! There is no try!" -- Yoda
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