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Re: the official definition [of web accessibility] from the W3C is wrong

From: Wayne Dick <waynedick@knowbility.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:05:57 -0800
Message-ID: <54DB9A05.1000500@knowbility.org>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I have been thinking about this article a lot. I strikes that I have 
seen this transition many times in the information technology field.

When a new technology emerges there is what my friend Tom Jewett calls 
the preachy phase.  During that period a lot of material on how to 
understand and use the technology is accompanied by a sermon on why this 
new approach is necessary and better. We saw this with early structured 
programming and again with object oriented programming.  It happened 
when relational databases overtook network and hierarchical databases.  
The zeal of a new technology is always accompanied with a new data religion.

Accessibility is doubly charged, added to the zeal of a new technology 
is the very real moral imperative of providing access to everyone. This 
elevates preachy to a new level.

In the "Official definition" article, the author points outs that we 
have made the case for why access technology is needed. She simply 
points out that it is now time to implement how to do this in an organic 
way.  It is really a remarkable article.

Wayne
Received on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 18:06:28 UTC

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