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Re: Validating Flash files

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 10:01:06 +0900
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Cc: www-validator <www-validator@w3.org>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>

Hello Henri,

This discussion is getting on the verge of "off-topic", but I found  
your comments, or rather, the conclusions you seemed to imply, worrying.

On Sep 19, 2006, at 21:03 , Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> Don't use the proprietary <embed> tag. There's an excellent  
>> article at "A List Apart" with the solution you need: http:// 
>> www.alistapart.com/articles/byebyeembed
> Which is more important: spec-wise purity or real-world accessibility?
> http://weblogs.macromedia.com/accessibility/archives/2005/08/ 
> in_search_of_a.cfm

These two are not mutually exclusive, are they?

I would argue that compliance to specs is, to a large extent, a good  
path toward real-world accessibility.

 From the document you quote above, I don't read "spec-compliant  
methods (such as satay) are bad", I read that there are several spec- 
compliant solutions which work with almost all the user agents. (e.g  
"The satay method is good in every way analyzed in this study, but  
unfortunately JAWS ignores Flash embedded in this way.") I hope your  
conclusion, as is mine, is not that the specs are broken as soon as  
one implementation gets it wrong, but rather that the situation is  
pretty good when only one implementation needs fixing for a solution  
based on a standard to work across all user agents.

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