All W3C presentations are on the Web:
- Does W3C work on accessiblity of email, and if not why not?
- CMN It was outside the scpoe of W3C work (the web). That may be
MF ...it's important to us in Universities, and we should be able to
provide important input
- If we collect names of peoploe who know about accessiblity, this could
be useful. What are the downsides?
- LN Well, you could get someone's name when they aren't producing
accessibility. It is important to keep the responsibility for checking
the quality of the work where it can be properly checked - e.g. the
customer could ask for demos of work. But knowing where to find people
who care would be helpful
MF There is a need for willingness, and a big stick behind. The NCET
site will be accessible. Martin K Fathers Promises
this... Saying "point me to a site that is truly accessible"
doesn't necessarily come up with a good result. And there is a tension
between developers wanting to finish, and getting teh result right.
JW The Education and Outreach group is working on getting information
into training programs and materials
- How proactive is W3C in talking to people about guidelines? When WCAG
came out I had to revise my ideas - I had been used to Bobby, but then there
was a whole lot more.
- CMN We try to be proactive. We don't have a lot of resources and we
rely on participation. It is important to be refreshing ideas of
accessibility, and to have a process where statements can be challenged.
LN W3C stuff is in development, and teh work that is out there
already is based oln what the web was like. But there is a big question
on the web about trust. Who do you trust? A friend? a friend of a
friend? It would be nice to have "an authority" to check up and take
care of telling us if something is accessible. But it is not practical.
A lot of the work on metadata, search engines, and so on is designed to
allow that to be easier, not for "an authority" but for people to make
statements about what is around them that they know about. Then you can
ask for trusted information about information.
- We started with whether we would advertise people who do accessibility,
but there are still questions of trust and credibility. Endorsement is
important, and industry bodies need to be careful about giving
- LN Of course people can change what they did. But if you have a body
who says what they know, then you can't guarantee it forever, but you
can have information made available. The Web way to do things is to make
available an information space, where people can make statements and
decide how to use those.
- What's a 1-sentence way to raise the profile of accessibility
- CMN Well, you could make a few more people disabled, so they understand
- JW Add it to books, information, training material
- MF Look at education and get the students to learn it
- LN I spoke in New Zealand about accessibility. Talking and getting
people together is important, but it also has to be at government