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Re: Accessible content management system

From: <deborah.kaplan@suberic.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:35:36 -0400 (EDT)
To: Terry Dean <Terry.Dean@chariot.net.au>
cc: Ian Sharpe <isforums@manx.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1108050956001.22360@suberic.net>
Terry said:

> I'm afraid this where we disagree. I think web standards are very important

But Terry, Ian did not say  standards are unimportant. He said he
does not view accessibility "solely in terms of conformance."
I've gone to countless websites which technically passed
validators for their conformance but were ultimately unusable or
inaccessible.

Terry also said:

> Why bother waving the "accessibility" flag, if you choose to ignore standards?

Perhaps because you care about "accessibility". That is, the
ability for people with disabilities to use the websites, whether
they are standards conforming or not.

Standards are an amazing tool in the Web developer's toolbox, and
we should all use them. But if they are the be-all and end-all --
if we ignore accessible but non-conforming sites, or if we praise
conforming sites which  are purported as unusable by users with
disabilities -- then we are not using them correctly.

-Deborah
Received on Friday, 5 August 2011 14:36:07 GMT

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