I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.
Debate and discussion are vital to the progress and development of web accessibility. With that in mind it’s great to see that, as ever, there is plenty of discussion going on out there in the fora, blogs and Tweets of those interested in the subject.
For anyone looking to get stuck in, Accessify Forum offers an ideal starting place. Expect plenty of well-informed and well-meaning conflict around all things accessible.
Meanwhile, Henny Swan has sparked an interesting, albeit oft mooted, discussion on her blog (iheni.com) about whether accessibility is only for people with disabilities. My opinion is that it is – we have other terms (usability, availability, etc) for talking about the needs of other users. Any attempt to broaden the scope could lead to losing sight of that – although all are, of course, inextricably linked. Not everyone agrees, though. Go see for yourself and join the debate.
And elsewhere, Ann McMeekin of pixeldiva.co.uk is running a poll on the use and location of a site’s Accessibility link. Plenty of discussion already, with a surprising number of people unsure of what such a page is. Should it offer practical tips, a technical statement of conformance, or both? And should it be proudly placed at the top of the page or squirreled away elsewhere? Cast your vote today!
And for Local Gov types, this year’s Better Connected report from SOCITM is at the centre of a little bit of discontent over at the E-Access Bulletin, which has put what some consider to be an overly negative spin on the results. Given that it heavily focuses on findings based on the superseded WCAG 1.0, it was obvious that debate was on the cards.
These are just a few examples of the wonderful discussions going on, and it’s only through engaging in these debates that we can reach the right conclusions and increase the efficacy of our own attempts at building an inclusive web.
So don’t just sit there – go debate!