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Re: WCAG 1.4.5 Question


From: David Ashleydale
Date: Jun 8, 2012 5:53PM

Sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm still struggling with the "Images of
Text" issue, specifically the exception clause: "If the technologies being used
can achieve the visual presentation..."

Does anyone know what the intent of that clause is? Why does using a
certain technology excuse a web site author from conforming to this
guideline? Shouldn't it be: "... and if the technologies being used
*can't* achieve
the visual presentation, then switch to another technology that can"?

What's to prevent a web site author that is using one of these "bad"
technologies to just continue using it? Can they just continue using it
forever and always claim compliance with this guideline? What if someone
else comes along and says that they think it's easier to use images of
text, so they *choose* to use a technology that doesn't support HTML text
just so they, too, can claim conformance with this guideline?

I just wish I knew the intent behind this.