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Re: the market hasn't spoken - it hasn't bothered to listened

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:07:16 +0100
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20070627140716.GB31631@stripey.com>

Ben Boyle writes:

> [Lachlan Hunt writes:]
> 
> > In regards to using longdesc for videos, that seems like it would
> > encourage the use of "full multimedia text alternatives".  Several
> > accessibility experts, including Joe Clark, don't approve of such
> > things for videos.  Instead, they advocate that videos should be
> > made accessibile through the use of things like captions and audio
> > descriptions.
> 
> They absolutely should, but alternatives are still useful.
> Particularly for people with limited bandwidth, which you know remains
> an issue in Australia ;)

And also for people browsing with, say, Lynx.  Or people who don't have
an appropriate video-playing plug-in for their browser (perhaps because
the video is in a proprietory format from a different platform).

Accessibility for all should consider readers' technical limitations,
not just human disabilities.

Smylers
Received on Wednesday, 27 June 2007 14:07:30 UTC

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