Washing the elephant post from SquareSpace

This is old material (July 2006) transferred over from my defunct SquareSpace blog. I wanted to warehouse the ideas:

I just read Zeldman's Angry Fix entry in his daily report. The line that hit me hardest was, "To be fair, the W3C solicits community feedback before finalizing its recommendations. But asking people to comment on something that is nearly finished is not the same as finding out what they need and soliciting their collaboration from the start." Please understand that Zeldman is a god. He, Meyer, and Clark are the powers on the Olympus of the internet... but this, this is completely unreasonable.

I listened to the rants on the WAI interest group list about the short time allowed for comments on the proposed WCAG v.2. Amidst the furor, Judy Brewer came forward and announced that the W3C would provide more time, extending the deadline for the last call review.

More time. That was on May 26, 2006.

Looking back through my own archives of the Penn State Web Dev list "WEBTALK," I found a note that I sent to the group on September 24, 2002. My note was a repost of the W3C's public call for comment on the working draft of WCAG 2.0. It listed several specific questions to consider as well as their email address and specifics for sending comments.

I don't want to belabor this, but that was September 24, 2002.

The call went out again July 31, 2003, and again I forwarded it to my group. In fact, everytime there was a revision, there was a public call for comment. Did anyone who now complains send comments? The call was certainly public, or this poor schlub wouldn't have had his hands on the info.

We all have our faces very close to our work. Immersed in it every day, it's hard to imagine others could have our same perspective. Or that a better perspective exists. Under those circumstances, the very best we can do is make sure the voice from our perspective is heard by those making the decisions. And then accept the fact that after hearing the voices from many perspectives, that decision might not be what we would make while only seeing ours.

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