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R: Re : Influence of valid code on screen readers

From: Roberto Castaldo <r.castaldo@iol.it>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 18:51:48 +0200
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To: "'Matt May'" <mcmay@w3.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Hi Matt,

Unless we put a requirement on them that they don't consider logical, or
that they consider too much work. In which case, we will have a standard
that appeals to Web standards people, and is ignored by everyone else.

Roberto C:
I think that W3C efforts should be focused on making Web standards people
and everyone else be the same thing.

I'm not defending tag soup. 

Roberto C:
You're not explicitally defending tag soup, but maybe the consequence of
valid code in level 2 risks to be too indulgent with tag soup.

Getting people to spend their time making it valid instead of increasing its
accessibility is not the solution. 

Roberto C:
I've never told that valid code rules out other tecniques to reach
accessibility. We're not starting a war about the only method good to reach
it, aren't we? 

I would rather focus authors' energies on techniques that directly increase
the accessibility of HTML markup than on a binary indicator that does not.

Roberto C:
Valid code binary indicator is simply one of those tecniques; maybe it's not
the most important, but it should not be put in a lower level.

Young people must study and learn X-HTML using valid code as the right (not
the only) way to approach Web developing, after that he will get used to
write valid code and will not see it as a constraint, but as the most
reasonable starting point to develop an accessible Web site.

The WCAG WG will produce a standard that is likely to be adopted as policy

Roberto C:
Great, maybe we're starting to say similar things :-) But how can a W3C
standard that is likely to be adopted as policy allow developers not to
adopt another W3C standard? 

My best regards,

Roberto Castaldo
www.Webaccessibile.Org coordinator
IWA/HWG Member
Icq 178709294
Received on Sunday, 19 June 2005 16:51:59 UTC

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