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Re: AWARE Center Common Myths About Web Accessibility

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 22:06:28 -0400
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Let me clarify my previous response...

>Thanks for getting a myths page going. I think we need something along
>these lines. 
>I made sure a lot of common questions and misconceptions were addressed in
>the FAQ which accompanied the press release, and we've gotten some good
>feedback on that. For now I moved it up to the headline of the WAI Home
>page and I've listed it separately in the resources section. You can point
>people to a specific answer, which I've been doing in a few cases to save

Didn't mean to imply that the WAI's FAQ on the guidelines addresses
everything that comes up -- far from it. And I think it's buried on the
site as well, so I moved up the links to it; but I've also put on my to-do
list a "FUD-FAQ" (Fact Sheet on Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) about WAI
work. In that I can address the extent to which our work is or isn't
related to what's going on in the U.S. or other countries with regard to
policy issues.

>On the myths list, I think for those people already familiar with Web
>accessibility, it will make sense. For someone new to the issue, which is
>really a lot of the audience who is now becoming aware of this issue now
>that the guidelines are out, 'accessibility is hard, let's go shopping' may
>be confusing since people may not even be able to recognize the myth, while
>"good assistive technology can solve all..." is a straightforward
>exploration of an unconscious assumption some people make, and so will
>probably have more clarifying impact for the reader who lands on this page.

But I want to emphasize that I think that Aware's "myths" list is a good



Judy Brewer    jbrewer@w3.org    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director,Web Accessibility Initiative(WAI), World Wide Web Consortium(W3C)

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