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Re: stimulating some conversation


From: David Wisniewski
Date: Oct 19, 2017 1:18PM

I understand your point, Lucy, and I’ll get to the accessibility bit in a minute, but first I wanted to say - isn’t this effort missing a larger, far more important point? The article explains that ‘build(ing) for the cross-browser web is too fragmented (and difficult)’. Shouldn’t this group be getting together to ensure that all browsers adhere to common standards THE SAME WAY, so that there isn’t as much need to code for browser-specific problems? Why do we accept that so much customization is required for a specific browser? I was around in the ‘this page best viewed in Netscape 3’ days, and I thought we left those behind. Isn’t that where we are supposed to be in 2017?

Similarly, I’ve been thinking this over for a while in terms of the accessibility movement itself, wanting to write to this group and say ‘why don’t we band together and tell the tool makers (browsers AND assistive tech) that we want them to adhere to the standards; no work arounds. For example: ‘your tools should all function the same way when they encounter the ARIA tags', etc., etc. It doesn’t seem like an unreasonable goal.

Am I missing something here? Would love to hear thoughts on this.

David Wisniewski

> On Oct 19, 2017, at 2:50 PM, Lucy Greco < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I saw an interesting blog post this morning and wanted to know how many
> accessibility people would be working in this group.
> https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/10/18/mozilla-brings-microsoft-google-w3c-samsung-together-create-cross-browser-documentation-mdn/ <https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/10/18/mozilla-brings-microsoft-google-w3c-samsung-together-create-cross-browser-documentation-mdn/> […]