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Re: Style Working Group has gone into purely reactive accessibility mode

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:08:38 +0200
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At 12:42 18/07/2008, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
>in reference to your comment "his line" can I refer you to the 
>formal objection to WCAG2 to which every single representative, of 
>around 40 active groups that were asked, signed?

Do you mean a formal objection to their charter or list policy?
(I had a brief look at some recent discussion and read sneers like 
"And what about people in comas or dead people? Aren't we 
discriminating against them by using communication that they cannot 
understand? Dead people represent a much larger portion of humanity 
than illiterate people" and statements like "I think that if you like 
to write in pictograms, you would have much more communicative effect 
if you used simplified Chinese, which derives its symbols from word pictures".)

Best regards,


P.S. The formal objection mentioned above was to the last call 
working draft from April 2006, which has been superseded by three 
newer versions.

>Jonathan Chetwynd
>+44 (0) 20 7978 1764
>>The immediate trigger for this was when a well known personality, 
>>known for stretching W3C list charters, and who actually dropped 
>>out of this list because it wasn't following his line, strayed into 
>>www-style on a cross post, but my feeling that that the charter is 
>>being used to limit relevant debate on the philosophy behind the 
>>web goes back further than that.
>>David Woolley
>>Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
>>RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
>>that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.

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