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Re: some reflections on @alt usage

From: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 11:44:05 -0400
Message-Id: <BE1B8909-10AE-4932-8DB3-6D5B88997A34@ieee.org>
Cc: W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>

On 21 Aug 2008, at 4:37 AM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> Indeed; I didn't mean it in any way as a slight towards you, merely a
> reminder that we have to base our decisions on the actual results of
> research rather than our opinions.

In the case of accessibility requirements, that oft-repeated 'have to'
is overkill.  It is a counter-productive over-reaching demand.

I understand it is your personal preference, but in terms of what  
expects from the WAI it is unacceptable.

People with disabilities are a sparse enough population so that you have
to forget everything you learned in statistics class and re-invent
Bayesian inference with significant weight given to the input from
individual consumers and particularly the trainers and rehabilitation
engineers that work with a range of consumers and can offer some
synthesis of a model of ergonomics for human-computer interaction.

The WAI has been working on this for a long time.  Listen up.

Received on Thursday, 21 August 2008 15:44:56 UTC

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