W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-ig@w3.org > April to June 1998

Re: Using htlm editors to produce clean code?

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 10:45:48 -0700
Message-Id: <>
To: Chris Maden <crism@ora.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 11:15 a.m. 05/18/98 -0400, Chris Maden wrote:
>Or even in an hour: see
><URL:http://www.shore.net/%7Ecrism/zeroto.html>, an underused (IMO)
>basic HTML tutorial, covering HTML Level 2 and providing a good basis
>for further self-teaching.

Looked at it.  No offense, but there is no way that page will change
secretaries, English professors, and other non-technical people into
producers of valid, accessible HTML in an hour.  "Self-teaching" is
a crock, too; people want things to be easy, not want things to be
"learnable if you just spend enough time doing it!"

I can sit down with an average non-technical CGU employee and teach
them communicator in an hour, and assuming they're familiar with
Word, they can be publishing on the web by the end of that hour,
without learning HTML.  Will they make great pages?  Nope.  Will they
be able publish?  Yes, and I see that as the promise of the web.

My only concern now is "how to make it painless for those people to
be able to include accessibility considerations."  As yet, I don't
have a good solution for that one, since the editor programmers
haven't been the best partners in terms of cooperation.

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@hwg.org>
Vice President, Marketing and Outreach, HTML Writers Guild
Education & Outreach working group member, Web Accessibility Initiative
Received on Monday, 18 May 1998 13:42:08 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:21:01 UTC