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Re: EOWG: Updated agenda for 13 October 2006 Teleconference

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 05:26:12 -0700
Message-ID: <452F85E4.5040306@gorge.net>
To: Liam McGee <liam.mcgee@communis.co.uk>, eowg <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

Liam McGee wrote:

> Suggest addition:
> 
> - ALA article http://alistapart.com/articles/workingwithothers

First off, I fully agree that user input is absolutely central to our 
undertakings.

That said, I feel that because most Working Group participants are 
themselves testers (Gregory Rosmaita springs to mind) or at the very 
least quite closely connected to PWD, much of the need for more formal 
presentation of the relevant research is largely less important than 
claimed therein.

However the main thrust of the article is in my experience/opinion 
dependent on the lack of distinction between "newbies" and those same 
clients after exactly the same growing pains experienced by TABs.

If our guidelines are based on slightly-skilled users we risk falling 
into the "dumbing-down" trap, so choices of "subjects" for this research 
would be too influential because of the necessarily small sample size.

In short I think the article is correct in its call for more user 
participation but erroneous in its citation of much that is actually 
problems with their inexperience and the shortcomings of the rather 
unsophisticated design of such AT as screen readers, the very use of 
which is highly dependent on its users having gone up the learning curve.

Love.
Received on Friday, 13 October 2006 12:26:12 UTC

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