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RE: Re : Influence of valid code on screen readers

From: Yvette Hoitink <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 16:17:54 +0200
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> > Matt May:
> > If tag soup meets the functional requirements of 
> > accessibility that we set out, then we have no reason not to 
> > declare that it's accessible.
> Roberto Castaldo:
> I think that we should avoid to give tag soup any kind of 
> dignity, as it simply is the absence of rules in developing 
> web pages. From Wikipedia: "Tag soup is HTML code, written 
> without regard for the rules of HTML structure and semantic 
> meaning"; that should be enough for any W3C recommendation to 
> not allow this superficial way of approaching web development.

Roberto, tag soup is still not allowed at level 1. We DO require authors to
use structure (see 1.3). 

I feel the biggest accessibility problems caused by invalid documents are
still covered by our guidelines at level 1 because we require seperating
structure from presentation (1.3) and well-formedness (4.1). 

Yvette Hoitink
Heritas, Enschede, the Netherlands
E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
WWW: http://www.heritas.nl 
Received on Friday, 17 June 2005 14:18:01 UTC

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