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From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 06:53:48 +0200
Message-ID: <4A4C3D5C.40403@gmx.de>
To: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>
CC: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, public-html@w3.org
Murray Maloney wrote:
> ...
>> I think fundamentally that approaches to accessibility that rely on
>> education are basically doomed. We need to have accessibility be much 
>> more
>> automatic than that. We need to make it easier to write accessible pages
>> than to not do so, even for people who don't care about accessibility.
>> This is why, for instance, we have separation of presentation from
>> semantics as such a core feature in HTML5 (and HTML4) -- it's not called
>> out as an accessibility feature, but it gets authors into the mindset of
>> thinking of what they mean, not what they want it to look like, and that
>> helps AT users.
> "Approaches to accessibility that rely on education are basically 
> doomed." Ian Hickson, 2009
> Does the WG agree with this principle?
> ...

I don't think so.

What I *do* agree with is that it's a good thing if it does not rely on 
education, but that doesn't automatically mean that a feature that does 
and is already there should be removed.

BR, Julian
Received on Thursday, 2 July 2009 04:54:38 UTC

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