IPP Mail Archive: RE: IPP> New Web Pages

IPP Mail Archive: RE: IPP> New Web Pages

RE: IPP> New Web Pages

From: McDonald, Ira (imcdonald@sharplabs.com)
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 19:02:03 EST

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    Hi Gail,

    Thank you *very* much for all your excellent work on
    the new IPP web pages. It's much appreciated!

    Per our brief discussion of 'accessiblity' (for folks
    with PDAs, cell-phones, screen readers, etc.) on this
    morning's IPP WG Telecon, the first and best resource
    is the W3C's WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative):

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/

    Take a look particularly at the Web Content Accessibility
    Guidelines (WCAG) and their associated 'checklist'. For
    HTML-literate folks, I think the WCAG and checklist are
    pretty directly usable (and well-reasoned). In Australia,
    Portugal, and Spain (at least) conformance to single-A
    (first level) WCAG checkpoints is a legal requirement.

    More importantly, it's good business to make Web content
    gracefully accessible to as many users over as many
    interfaces as possible. For example, executives with
    buying decision authority are quite often users of PDAs
    or cell-phones with Web browsing interfaces.

    It is *not* best practice to build 'separate but equal'
    Web pages. I'm not an HTML expert, but the concensus on
    the WAI Interest Group mailing list (which is full of
    experts) is that the business of building 'accessibility'
    into Web pages is fairly well understood art at this point.

    A wealth of links to good stuff can be found off the WAI
    home page via:

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/References

    The validation tool 'Bobby' (built by CAST) is an excellent
    place to start (you send Bobby your base URL and get back
    a detailed report on your accessibility rating). Since
    Bobby is an automated tool, it *can* be fooled, but it's
    a good first-line checker.

    The WAI Interest Group list is *high* traffic (10-30 messages
    per day), but is utterly fascinating reading.

    Cheers,
    - Ira McDonald (consulting architect at Sharp Labs America)
      High North Inc

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Gail Songer [mailto:gsonger@peerless.com]
    Sent: Monday, February 28, 2000 4:51 PM
    To: ipp@pwg.org
    Subject: IPP> New Web Pages

    Hi all!

    With a lot of help from Carl-Uno, the new IPP web pages are ready for
    action!
    Have a look and please free to send me your comments!

    http://pwg.org/ipp/index.html

    Gail



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