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Re: About: requirements for Retrofitting...

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 15:45:03 -0700
Message-ID: <428D16EF.5000008@gorge.net>
To: Chuck Letourneau <cpl@starlingweb.com>
CC: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org

Chuck Letourneau wrote:

> Also, I tend to agree with Sailesh's comment (on the list) that 
> developers/programmers are, or need to be in, the primary audience - at 
> least, in the real world. However, the way the draft presents the steps 
> - starting way back at the "Developing Organizational Policies" stage, 
> and only has the actual retrofitting work come in at Step 4, it 
> certainly seems like this document is being targeted at a higher 
> organizational level than the people who are actually going to do the work.

Perhaps it is because we should be targeting that "higher" level since 
they are our best hope of making future retrofitting a quaint rarity 
instead of the unfortunate tedious concession to past prejudices that it 
now seems to be.

Often the people who must clean up this mess via retrofit have been put 
in that position because of expedience policies that were misguided if 
not flat out bigoted?

In short the problem is not just fixing inaccessible sites but 
emphasizing how this should/could have been avoided in the first place 
with the use of sane "universal design" principles.

Accessibility is integral to creation, not some add-on whose use is to 
be tolerated because of regulation/policy/charity.

Received on Thursday, 19 May 2005 22:45:02 UTC

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