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Re: "untill user agents" retired?

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 16:20:30 -0500
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Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: "Alastair Campbell" <ac@nomensa.com>

It is not always possible to implement guidelines in a device which  
is why we need clear content guidelines.  Yes, we have uaag, it needs  
updating too and when it gets updated, it should move in a direction  
which takes these user agents into account.  When we wrote the  
original uaag, we wrote it based on wcag v1.0.

Jonnie Apple Seed
With his:
Hands-On Technolog(eye)s

On Jan 31, 2006, at 10:09 AM, Alastair Campbell wrote:

Patrick wrote:
> In general, I'd love to see the issue you mention addressed not by
> maintaining "until user agent" guidelines, but by strong lobbying
> to get the manufacturers of these non-compliant user agents to follow
> UAAG and support web standards. Otherwise, we may as well include long
> sections on "how to deal with IE5.0 and Netscape 4.x" in the
> guidelines as well...

Definitely, there are simply too many user agents and input/output
devices for it to be practical to try and support the details of every
single one.

For me, that is *why* the W3C standards are so important: everyone
should know their bit.

It's only when the user agents do their part that the WCAG guidelines
become practical for authors.

Kind regards,



Alastair Campbell   |   Director of Research & Development
0117 929 7333       |   ac@nomensa.com

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