[html4all] Copy of e-mail to Karl Dubost
faulkner.steve at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 02:03:15 PDT 2007
>Actually maybe I should expand on this on the Wiki?
On 18/09/2007, Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor at cfit.ie> wrote:
> Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> >>> The ethics goal of caring for them is a noble
> >>> >> goal, but is not very effective (unfortunately) in our society. The
> >>> >> goal is more that there is really a need to make business with
> >>> >> users.
> > Again, this is true.
> Yes but I have to chip in with an addendum here, as I think it is
> actually *half* true or maybe 80/20. To put what we are doing within the
> WG within a social context I think there is a responsibility, whether on
> the part of government or other public service providers, to ensure that
> the technologies used by the public are of the highest standard possible
> and no one can deny that HTML 5 is a language that will filter into
> every bodies lives in a far more profound way than many realise. This is
> of course due our even increasing reliance on technology.
> I think this raises even what the HTML 5 WG are doing beyond a merely
> commercial or fiscal context. I do however live in the real world (you
> will be glad to hear) and know that there are commercial concerns,
> imperatives etc but that is not the end of the story IMO. Without trying
> to sound grand or pompous as I am only a very, very small cog in the
> machine - the development of the language should transcend the
> commercial imperative and be a bit more by 'the people of the people,
> for the people'. It can be informed to some degree by the needs of
> business but I really would rather not see it being led by business. I
> know it *is* led by business (and you are probably now saying 'O, shut
> up you hippy') but business has a responsibility which is at the moment
> in a kind of grey area as to what that responsibility actually is and
> what form it should take.
> In any conversation on the business case for accessibility you will hear
> that the consumer of a product is a stakeholder, well the citizens of
> country that use these technologies like the web are also stakeholders,
> and people with disabilities can be vulnerable so there is an element of
> social responsibility within the development of the specification.
> Can we get that in the HDP docs, maybe we need to turn up the volume on
> the social responsibility aspect?
> Actually maybe I should expand on this on the Wiki?
> </am now off soapbox>
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