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RE: Should validity be P1 or P2?

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 13:18:34 -0400
Message-ID: <CCDBDCBFA650F74AA88830D4BACDBAB50B2D4714@wdcrobe2m02.ed.gov>
To: "Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>, "Matt May" <mcmay@w3.org>
Cc: "WAI-GL" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

>> You've completely missed the other half of the problem, which is that we
>> can find many examples of valid pages that are plenty inaccessible.

>  That is an unsupported claim. Nobody has provided even the standard three 
>  *real-world* examples that I repeatedly call for and never get.

Thanks Joe, I wanted to bring that up again.  I recently cited the link back five years ago where I asked *one* non-trivial reference, which I never got.  Please Matt?  Anyone else?  You are asserting that Unicorns exist merely because they are theoretically possible.  Should you not be obligated to point a few out when asked politely?

May also wrote:

> We specify the presence of _equivalent_ alt text. 

Actually, WCAG specifies "text equivalents" and one *could* reasonably argue that the filename provides that and that a missing ALT attribute is the textual equivalent of a shim gif.

> That is, the next sentence in your analogy isn't: "So 
> let's drop it as a requirement."

No, the next (implied) sentence in *both* assertions is:  "So let's make this a P2 checkpoint instead of P1."

> I'm strongly against us specifying a requirement we don't know how to defend.

This is a reasonable concern, so let us direct our efforts on how to defend validity, and not give up on it.  Validity is clearly very important to accessibility.
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