Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Hell hath no fury like Joe Clarke

I have to admit that I haven't read version 2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2) yet but after reading 'To Hell with WCAG 2' by Joe Clarke it's going to be difficult to have a very open mind and not to read it from a highly critical point of view.

Mr Clarke goes on quite a rant and it made me think that maybe someone on the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) commmittee, the team who are responsible for WCAG 2, must have said his suit was too shiny or called his cat fat or something.

Don't get me wrong though. I think these official standards are sometimes too easily accepted as gospel and that they can encourage us to stop thinking about what's right for a particular project.

So I'm all for Joe and his fury. It's just a shame that, if he's right about WCAG 2, so much time has been wasted on developing a set of unusable guidelines.

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