Ian Fenn wrote:

Whilst the guidelines contain explanation for some of its contents, there's
nothing about the decision to go with XHTML Strict. The guidelines were
drawn up with the RNIB as consultants so they do have some integrity though.

Thanks Ian,

I think the thing to bare in mind is that these are "guidelines" rather than "requirements". Guidelines are intended to be considered whereas requirements need to be met for a specific business reason.

The requirement is for the site to be accessible. The guidelines are to use XHTML Strict. However in certain circumstances, if the guidelines don't allow the requirements to be met, you need to revise the guidelines.

This issue crops up a lot with regard to accessibility and people often confuse an accessible site with a site that follows certain guidelines like the WCAG.

Andy Budd


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