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

From: Michael R. Burks <mburks952@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 23:14:37 -0400
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I did not mean it to sound like I was correcting you, I apologize, I just
really meant to support you!  Mea culpa.

Mike Burks
Constructing Accessible Web Sites, Buy the Book!

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Terry Brainerd Chadwick
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 9:23 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: And today's ironic bit of HTML is...

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
mailto:tbchad@tbchad.com  1-503-228-4023  http://www.tbchad.com
Providing Internet Audits and Optimization to Improve Performance
Accessibility, Analytics, Content, Promotion, Search, Usability
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