From an alt point of view (25 Nov 2004)
"The problem is that most testing is done by techies, when they should be testing them on ordinary users. Anybody who is building software tests it on the users and the customers: it should be the same for websites. Tools for accessibility testing can't provide a value judgment. They can say 'there is no alt[ernative] text here', but they can't tell you if the navigation is rubbish."
Educating web developers is a fundamental part of the solution. Cutting-edge designers are famous for breaking the rules, but those rules are now law.
"Government has a big role to play here," says Bert Massie, the DRC's chairman. "The government should encourage a web design qualification that will raise skills and understandings in web access."
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