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Re: Microsoft passes Bobby

From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@naw.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 12:46:14 -0500
Message-Id: <4.1.19981222124033.02784ad0(null)>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 09:27 AM 12/22/98 -0800, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
>Now, I believe we should compliment folks who take those baby steps,
>and encourage them to continue forward; other people, judging from the
>email I've received, disagree and believe we should demand more and

While Microsoft does tout their accessibility quite loudly and publically, Kynn
does have a good point. You can get a heck of a lot more out of an organization
like Microsoft by saying "Great job! Have you thought about this?" than
criticizing this: "Your sorry attempt at making your front page accessible
isn't worth it.....try following the standards that you participated in

Through my own personal experience, I've realized that use of the "blistering
criticism" that Kynn mentioned only causes Microsoft to get defensive. However,
they did make an interesting quote in the media last week:

> '"Standards support is important to a smaller subset of customers," said 
> Jodi Ropert, group product manager for Microsoft's Macintosh business unit. 
> "There are more universal needs from a performance and ease-of-use 
> perspective." The company said a future version of the browser, planned for 
> next summer, will feature enhanced support for Web standards.' 
> >From this URL: http://www.emediaweekly.com/1998/12/13/explorer.html

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