Christian Heilmann

Accessibility in Trouble

Thursday, October 5th, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Mike Davies, esteemed colleague and one of the silent web workers that do a lot more than they talk about vented some steam on a series of blog posts where he analyzes what is amiss in the world of web accessibility called [link:http://www.isolani.co.uk/blog/access/AccessibilityInTrouble,Accessibility in Trouble]. It is a great read and I congratulate Mike on his pragmatism and daring to “say it like it is” about the subject.

He is right, far too many publications on accessibility are stuck in the end-90ies and don’t consider technical advances. Web standards movements have come a longer way opening up to the enemycompanies like Microsoft, and the same interest and helpful attitude should become more common in the web accessibility world. There is just no sense in banging on about arbitary guidelines when [link:http://www.digital-web.com/articles/ten_reasons_clients_dont_care_about_accessibility/,people have their own problems to tackle]. Understanding their problems and helping them with real world guidance will make it better in the end for all of us.

Also note that Mike uses “vociferously” which makes it an instant win for me. We need more [link:http://www.43things.com/things/view/655495,usage of words starting with V] in general.

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