With the private beta scrapped because of P2P leaks of the Flock installer, the bird team decided to step-up and drop a public beta into everybody’s laps. Their Flock homepage is full of disclaimers, but that didn’t stop some people from raining on their parade:
Weblog management software is a type of content management, so why do so many weblog publishing applications not let you handle other types of content in the same elegant manner? In my experience, all content you handle is called “posts”, “entries”, “articles”, “logs” — but how is that intuitive? By pigeonholing content into pre-defined terms, you’re virtually eliminating flexibility.
Joe Clark, one of the loudest voices in the world in regards to accessibility, has a boombastic writeup on his weblog that discusses how Movable Type is an application that generates content, and should therefore adhere to the Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines or ATAG:
A detail of note here: Many browsers comply with most of UAAG, and we have a few thousand sites more or less accurately claiming to comply with WCAG, but nothing whatsoever complies with ATAG, including demo projects created by the W3C itself, like Amaya.
We could sit around and wait for inconsequential and minor products like Amaya to comply, or we could go big right away. Movable Type is pretty big, isn’t it? And aren’t they committed to standards compliance and accessibility, at least on paper?
Joe is referring to the A List Apart interview where Anil discussed TypePad’s concerns for accessibility and web standards. Joe’s point being that content generating tools like Movable Type and TypePad should adhere to the ATAG guidelines because they’d be an amazing example of highly-accessible products. I’d have to agree.
Things have been slow-going around here as of late, and that’s not because we’ve run out of things to say. We’ve been busy with a lot of internal and client-facing projects, and hopefully we’ll be able to show y’all soon. We were talking recently and wondering, where did real design go? When did “having a company weblog” not involve real design? Did people forget that a weblog is just a type of website? It appears so, at least from stuff I’ve seen lately, and it’s a trend that really bothers me.