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Re: Tables and the Summary attribute

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 07:39:10 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200509290639.j8T6dAM04577@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> Umm no, I don't think so. The audience is other accountants and economists
> - not web designers.

In that case, you are not in a position to make the page accessible;
a lot of the work needs to be done by the content providers.  Actually,
I believe that one of the original aims of HTML was to be simple enough
to eliminate the middle man.  You are basically acting as a machine
and it is well known that machine based accessibility checking doesn't
work reliably.

Accessibility is not something that can be added by someone who doesn't
understand the intended meaning of the content.

There is a similar problem in user documentation written by technical 
authors.  It is often in perfect English, but is wrong or incomplete
because the author didn't understand the subject.
Received on Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:40:57 UTC

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