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Comments on the spec (For future reference)

From: Mike Paciello <paciello@yuri.org>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 1998 16:23:51 -0500
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Two brief thoughts related to the Section 2.4.2 (quoted below):

1. Change the section title, "2.4.2 Consider universal accessibility to the
"Universal" accessibility is impossible and it's not what your really
attempting to accomplish. The usage of "universal design" has become the
popular "buzz phrase" of the 90's, particularly when addressing the user
needs of people with disabilites. But it's based on the fallacy that every
interface can be accessible to every person with a disability or, perhaps
to every person -- an ideal that any accessibility expert will tell you is
impossible.  Additionally, you imply a much broader scope of people in your
description. You're giving industry more of an excuse NOT to improve
accessibility because your expectations are too high.

Consider changing it to something more achievable: "Consider Increasing
Accessibility to the Web"

2. Reword this line

"Furthermore, authors should keep in mind that their documents may be
reaching a far-off audience with different computer configurations."

Exactly what is a "far-off audience"? Again, your intent is to discuss what
you noted below, "internationalization". 

In order for documents to be interpreted correctly, authors should include
in their documents information about the natural language and direction of
the text, how the document is encoded, and other issues related to


Mike Paciello

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