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Re: Accessibility is for everyone (was : Use of headers and summary attributes )

From: Denis Boudreau (WebConforme) <dboudreau@webconforme.com>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 11:31:44 -0400
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, www-html@w3.org
Message-id: <0DDE45A5-2634-4B1F-9A82-56959AE8F4FA@webconforme.com>

Hi there,

>> Headers and summaries are crucial for assistive technologies such  
>> as screen readers to interpret how a table is organized. Blind  
>> people for example (yes, THEM again) [long snip]
>
> At 60 years of age, my vision is not what it once was.
> I am, in comparison to my younger peers, "partially sighted".
> So if you were to re-cast your text (above) as "Blind and
> partially sighted people", "THEM" would become "US", and
> those who dismiss accessibility as only marginally relevant
> might suddenly come to realise that what is accessible to
> them today may become inaccessible tomorrow.  So let's agree
> (if we can) to do away with this "THEM"/"US" divide, and
> agree that accessibility is important to EVERYONE.  Please ?

Oh definitely.

This is the only way I would have it. I may only be 35, I also am in  
an aging process that has me well aware that my condition will only  
worsen over time. As someone that has a color-blind impairment, I am  
already saying "us" in most cases. We're all eventually be concerned  
with accessibility, whether we like it or not. ;)

My "THEM" was cynical, if anything. I'm used to developers saying the  
blind bother them because their condition implies more complicated  
HTML work for them. I was merely (and possibly clumsily) trying to  
point that fact out. It's definitely not us and them or worse even,  
us against them. It's access to information for all, at whatever cost.

Cheers!

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