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RE: Wired story about 508 Compliance

From: Waddell, Cynthia <cynthia.waddell@ci.sj.ca.us>
Date: Fri, 7 May 1999 14:21:19 -0700
Message-ID: <3EC0FC2EAE6AD1118D5100AA00DCD883027B66CF@sj_exchange.ci.sj.ca.us>
To: "'MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US'" <MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
It certainly makes our job more difficult with the sloppy reporting.  I hope
this is not a misinformation campaign to discredit web accessibility efforts
and divide the tech community.

Cynthia D. Waddell

Cynthia D. Waddell
ADA Coordinator
City Manager Department
City of San Jose, CA USA
801 North First Street, Room 460
San Jose, CA  95110-1704
(408)971-0134 TTY
(408)277-3885 FAX

-----Original Message-----
From: MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US [mailto:MMuehe@CI.Cambridge.MA.US]
Sent: Friday, May 07, 1999 3:15 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Wired story about 508 Compliance

From the Wired story, this gem of patronization and twisted 

"Of course, I believe that handicapped people should 
have full access to the Web," said Oz Lubling, a technologist at 
Web design and consulting firm Razorfish. "But technology and 
new computer languages, like XML, are emerging so quickly now 
that a more useful approach would be to work with and adapt the 
new technology to enable the users, rather than restrict the old 
technology, which seems disabling," he said.

Check out Oz's cutting-edge web site (I guess alt tags just 
aren't cutting edge enough).


> >http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/19556.html
> Another example of sloppy reporting on this issue, especially
> when they quote ignorant web developers -- who obviously haven't
> been to http://aware.hwg.org/ -- who say that making a site
> accessible will "double" the time necessary to make a web
> site.
Michael Muehe
Executive Director / ADA Coordinator
Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities
51 Inman Street, second floor
Cambridge, MA 02139  USA
617-349-6297 voice
617-492-0235 TTY
617-349-4766 fax

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller
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