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Re: JavaScript and Accessibility

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 23:56:13 +0100
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Message-Id: <65B4A6CC-9EBB-11D7-B028-0003939B5AD0@btinternet.com>


Nowhere is the WCAG scope stated as  'all web content' so where does 
your last mail take you?

The subject of this mail is and remains Javascript and Accessibility 
what have you to say about WCAG scope and scripting?
Wendy assures me that WCAG would like to adopt and edit my draft 
document, you'll have noticed she was one of the editors; unfortunately 
we have a strong difference of views about the direction this should 
take, and thus it gathers dust. No one imagines that creating 
accessible scripts* is going to be easy, it is about defining what is 
possible. That is precisely what Jesper was enquiring about, and what I 
responded to.

Please accept that your view is a personal one, and one not held by 
everyone, why not stop responding to emails with a subject that 
includes script.
you'll find it difficult to demonstrate why scripting is out of scope, 
it isn't; it is a difficult nut to crack, though.


*But please stop decrying the efforts of others. This thread has once 
again got bogged down in a personal explanation for you of why it is 
reasonable to discuss this. Frankly there are more useful things we 
could all be doing.

On Saturday, June 14, 2003, at 08:26  pm, David Woolley wrote:

>> Can you substantiate your perception that WAI scope is limited to
>> static documents? (including forms)
> Only by demonstrating the obvious absurdity of all "web content", by
> which I assume you mean services, and data (including executable code)
> accessible using the internet.
> I can download a complete copy of Linux from the web.  Does that mean 
> that
> the WCAG applies to everything that Linux does.
> I can probably download a complete copy of Windows XP, albeit 
> illegally;
> does that mean that the WCAG applies to Windows XP.
> I can probably similarly (illegally) download a copy of any X-Box game
> program.  Does that  mean that all X-Box games are covered by the WCAG.
> I don't believe that they are intended to apply to all computer 
> software
> and data just because they can be obtained from the "web".
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