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Re: acceptable fallbacks [was: Re: Is longdesc a good solution? ...]

From: Robert J Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:21:25 +0200
Cc: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F04BF3E6-BB15-40D5-A99F-24AB2D928C52@robburns.com>
To: Dave Singer <singer@apple.com>

Hi Dave,

On Sep 12, 2008, at 2:52 AM, Dave Singer wrote:

>
>> > On Sep 10, 2008, at 15:06, David Poehlman wrote:
>>>
>>> In any case, full-text transcripts are useful for general audiences,
>>> so once a full-text transcript has been written, it doesn't make  
>>> sense
>>> to hide it in a fallback chain only for deafblind users. Instead, it
>> > should be available to all users.
>
> *Any* adaptation should be provided on the basis of a (positive)  
> expressed need, not on the basis of a (negative) 'disability'.  So  
> saying that 'because some people without a disability might want X,  
> therefore X should not be treated as an accessibility question' is a  
> non-sequitur, to me.  There is no 'fallback chain for deaf-blind  
> users'.  There is material to enhance accessibility.  Why you might  
> want it or need it is none of my business.  It *is* available to all  
> users.

The quote here is from Henri Sivonen[1] and not David Poehlman. If  
we're going to ascribe quotations, we need to be precise.

Take care,
Rob

[1]: <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2008Sep/0307.html>
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