As many of you know, I and a very tiny army of WebAIM software engineers are currently hard at work developing WAVE5—the fifth version of our ever-popular WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. As part of this process, we’re planning to move from the “static web page” model used for the first four incarnations of WAVE to a more modern and powerful “interactive web application” model. This change will allow us to provide dozens of advanced features and capabilities that were never possible (or at least never feasible) in previous WAVE versions, as well as a level of responsiveness and interactivity we could never achieve before. Generally, we’re all very excited about it.
The aforementioned objections usually seem to follow one of three lines of reasoning.
This blog entry is an attempt to start, if anyone is interested, a slightly more public dialog on this topic, where anyone who feels strong about this can state and explain the relevant issues as he sees them. It’s probably pretty clear what side I take on this, so anyone who disagrees with me (especially if you’re number three above) please let me know how you feel in the comments.