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Re: Disturbing trend in tables

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 16:32:54 -0800
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To: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>
Cc: Davey Leslie <davey@inx-jp.org>, "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>, "'Bailey, Bruce'" <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 04:06 PM 1/18/2001 , Anne Pemberton wrote:
>At 10:26 PM 1/18/01 +0900, Davey Leslie wrote:
> >What it looks like to me is that when folks haven't grasped the fundamental
> >differences between a Word document and an html page, what usually comes out
> >a WYSIWYG is far from useable on, say, text-browsers like Lynx.
>I've made pages in Front Page that did just fine in lynx when I tested them
>(a few years ago, when VA.PEN still supported lynx) ... What specifically
>makes them unusable? 

Anne, it may be worthwhile to note here that he's saying
"usually" -- which is true.  It's certainly likely that someone
who is careless can create WYWIWYG pages which don't make any
sense in Lynx.  I've had similar experiences myself with hand-
coding pages in which tables, when "linearized", made little
sense.  Careless use of tables is one of the easiest mistakes
to make with a WYSIWYG editor.

That said, I do agree with you that in most cases there shouldn't
necessarily be anything in the program which absolutely PREVENTS
the creation of accessible web pages.  Having played with FP
a long time ago and not having a copy handy (I never install it
when I install Office), I can't say for certain, but I don't
believe that there are features which prevent an informed and
careful user from making a workable web page.

So I think you are both right.


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