[wp-hackers] Request for new mailing list wp-accessibility

David Clark david at davidsaccess.com
Mon Aug 10 19:41:19 UTC 2009

I , for one, would like to be on record as saying this is a HORRIBLE
idea - especially in 2009. As someone that has been involved in web
accessibility since 1996 (yes, before the formation of WAI) and
wordpress developer since pre-1.2, I feel strongly that accessibility
is nothing more stan standards based development. Separate is not
equal, and detracts from widespread awareness/adoption.

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 8:57 PM, Lynne Pope<lynne.pope at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/8/7 Peter Westwood <peter.westwood at ftwr.co.uk>
>> On 3 May 2009, at 09:02, Lynne Pope wrote:
>>  This is a request for a new mailing list please.
>>> To date, anyone raising accessibility issues and proposing fixes is doing
>>> so
>>> either on wp-hackers, wp-testers, on the forums or in responses to
>>> surveys.
>>> Accessibility is an aspect of WP development that would benefit from an
>>> informal "working group" and having its own mailing list would enable
>>> those
>>> of us who know ATAG, WCAG and the other accessibility guidelines well, and
>>> how to implement them, to bring forward issues and reach agreement on the
>>> most appropriate fixes.
>>> There are a number of people outside of wp-hackers who are interested in
>>> seeing WordPress become accessible and having a mailing list may encourage
>>> these people to contribute.
>>> Getting all accessibility issues into one place would be a great step
>>> forward on its own. Too much inaccurate advice is being given elsewhere,
>>> including on the tracker, and this creates the risk that the core team can
>>> end up wasting time on code that they think will aid accessibility, but
>>> which does not - thereby compounding the problems.
>>> I hope you will view this request favourably and set up a new
>>> wp-accessibility mailing list.
>>> Apologies if this is not the right place to ask - I couldn't see where
>>> else
>>> I should direct this request.
>> This is/was a really good idea.
>> And now we have working mailing list admin again we now have the list
>> created.
>> So please come and join the party.
>> http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-accessibility
> Wonderful!
> Signed up!
> Lynne
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