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Re: Re : Influence of valid code on screen readers

From: Matt May <mcmay@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 14:40:57 -0700
Message-ID: <42B34369.8030804@w3.org>
To: "Roberto Scano (IWA/HWG)" <rscano@iwa-italy.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

Roberto Scano (IWA/HWG) wrote:

>Sorry Matt but when wysiwyg producers, also for web standards group support, are moving to product editors that permit generation of conform code, at now we said: guys, you can prepare your tag soup everyday!

Instructions for authoring tool developers go into the Authoring Tool 
Accessibility Guidelines, not WCAG. We had specified in the ATAG 
document that output must conform to WCAG, noting that WCAG specified 
validity. When they learn that validity is not a part of WCAG anymore, 
they will likely add it as an explicit requirement in ATAG 2. 
ATAG-conforming authoring tools will never introduce tag soup.

>So as developer and ac rep of IWA/HWG i'm asking again to think and evalutate the resl impact of wcag 2.0 that will become a reference for 2006-2007 (xhtml 2.0 era...)

I don't think anybody believes that 2007 will be the era of XHTML 2.0, 
least of all the HTML WG. It's going to take years to get to end-to-end 
validity as a requirement. But the good news is, when XHTML 2 is a 
viable platform, valid code will be a technical requirement of the 
language, and so we _still_ won't need to specify it in WCAG.

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