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Comment LC-782
Commenter: Joe Clark 1 <joeclark@joeclark.org>

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From http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-comments-wcag20/2006May/0120.html

Endorsement of "non-W3C technologies"

A deficiency of WCAG 1 was its chauvinism toward anything not invented by the W3C. They pretty much didn't want you to use any "non-W3C technologies"; there's a whole [3] guideline telling you not to. WCAG 2 tries to be technology-neutral. In so doing, it authorizes the use of "HTML" that was never ratified by a specification, notably embed.

While this is the only reliable method to include multimedia on a Web page (still, in 2006), is univerally understood by graphical browsers, and can easily be made legal via a custom DTD, it still isn't real HTML. I find its inclusion curious given WAI's ideology of yore. (Elsewhere, the Understanding document lists the blink element as a failure method. That isn't real HTML either, thankfully.)

3. http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/#gl-use-w3c
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