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RE: Simplicity of Authoring and Accessibility Tools

From: Robert Neff <rneff@bbnow.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 00:50:12 -0600
To: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>, "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <charles@w3.org>, "WAI Interest Group \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I agree with ken.  This is cost effective to provide people the means to
post their own content.  I do not want developers and graphics tied up with
web page development.  Their time is better spent on maintenance and
enhancements.  This is the concept that I have championed and if you only
let developers post then this is a waste of their time.

Otherwise, the information will not flow and be of any benefit.  A process
does not need to be lengthy or costly or arduous.  Non-technical people do
not understand why production control is required and people - your
customers become disgruntled and will find a way around you or complain very
loudly.  Then life becomes difficult and your time is now spent fighting
political battles versus managing your operation and your performance and
your teams decreases.  Then you are layed off!

When it comes to e-commerce and mission critical areas, there is a more
formal production control process - especially where the information is
sensitive and lawsuits may be likely.

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]  On
Behalf Of Kynn Bartlett
Sent:	Thursday, January 18, 2001 11:46 PM
To:	Charles F. Munat; 'Charles McCathieNevile'; WAI Interest Group (E-mail)
Subject:	RE: Simplicity of Authoring and Accessibility Tools

At 8:32 PM -0800 1/18/01, Charles F. Munat wrote:
>I'm especially horrified to learn that the county where Anne works lets
>pretty much *anyone* post to their official site. I think that there is a
>misunderstanding among many laypersons that the Internet is kind of like a
>kiosk. You just post any old notice on it.

This is another place where we will just have to agree to disagree,
Charles, as I see it as a wondrous, joyous thing whenever -everyone-
is encouraged to use the web as both reader -and- user, as I do
believe that's what the web is meant to be.

I don't see any reason why the kiosk model is inappropriate.  I
certainly don't think that one single person should have to approve
all content; believe me, I've -had- that job before, and it just
doesn't scale well when you have more than, say, 3 people doing
work in an organization.

Such a policy generally serves to have a chilling effect on expression
on the web and leads to far fewer people actually using the web to
communicate, lest they "get something wrong" and be leaped upon by
some local or remote XHTML expert who can't abide <b> when <strong>
is meant.

Er, not that I know any people like that.

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Received on Friday, 19 January 2001 01:48:35 UTC

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