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RE: Simplicity of Authoring and Accessibility Tools

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 01:57:53 -0800
To: "'WAI Interest Group \(E-mail\)'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001401c081fe$4b229dd0$0100a8c0@aries>
Kynn wrote:
"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."

By content I didn't mean the page content itself, but just generally making
sure that the pages are accessible and properly coded (in the absence of a
WYSIWYG editor that can do this). Then again, I've never been in any
organization where one could post content without having it approved by
someone in management, so I can guess that most of it (at least on corporate
sites) is already being checked for content problems. Why not check it for
accessibility at the same time?

It seems to me that running pages through a single person (or more, if the
county can afford them) to double check code/accessibility actually
unburdens those doing the posting. They don't have to worry about every
little detail. And they have an expert around who they can ask for help.

"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."

Hmmm. You must be hiring the wrong people.

"Er, not that I know any people like that."

I sure hope not.

Charles Munat
Received on Friday, 19 January 2001 04:50:55 UTC

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