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Re: And today's ironic bit of HTML is...

From: Terry Brainerd Chadwick <tbchad@tbchad.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2002 18:23:00 -0700
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I wrote:
 >>>>(By the way, I'm beginning to understand perspective's like the 
webmaster's.  They're not being taught to use basic HTML standards in 
school. I began developing websites in 1994 and am self-taught, but most of 
today's webmasters have some sort of academic training.  I have been 
negotiating to teach accessibility to web design and development 
instructors at a local community college.  They admit that they don't teach 
how to do W3C standard HTML.  It's all Frontpage and Dreamweaver and to 
hell with HTML, accessibility and other standards.  AAARRRGH!!!)<<<

Just to make it clear,  I didn't mean to say that you can't build 
accessible sites using either Frontpage or Dreamweaver.  Of course you can, 
especially with their accessibility extensions to help.  However, the 
people that I met with who supervise the instructors and also teach these 
classes aren't teaching them how to design to HTML standards using these 
programs, let alone accessibility standards.  (They just seem to teach 
basic features and cool effects, and nothing about "proper" coding.)  As 
usual, it's not the programs or software that is to blame, it is the people 
using and teaching how to use these programs that cause the problems.

My point was that if instructors don't  teach the importance of designing 
to HTML standards--after all the ALT attribute has been standard for more 
than five years--why would their students think it is important?


Terry Brainerd Chadwick, InfoQuest! Information Services
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Providing Internet Audits and Optimization to Improve Performance
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Received on Thursday, 4 July 2002 21:22:58 UTC

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