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Re: [css-d] Divergence between compliant browsers

Sent by Andrew I. Mutch on 29 January 2002 22:10


One issue that has been touched on a few times is how the use of CSS and
good structural markup can create much more accessible site.
Accessibility, as much as any other issue, is going to drive the move to
CSS.  Already, many governmental organizations and institutions in 
the US (federal and local governments, universities and colleges, etc.)
are starting to tackle the requirements of section 508.  

http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/508standards.htm

While market forces might be able to ignore accessibility issues,
government organizations won't have the same luxury.  The use of
structural hacks like tables for page layout simply won't survive section
508 efforts as they will become more a burden than a help. Ironically,
section 508 will also provide the opportunity for organizations to drop
support for browsers that don't further section 508 efforts in favor of
forward-compatibility efforts.

Andrew Mutch
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