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Re: Draft blurbs for BAD outreach on wiki for comment

From: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:52:15 -0800
Message-ID: <CAJeQ8SA9bC4od_AsQvZmjP4Xe3gosFmVzBOp1qLy4UOdZ0k38w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sharron Rush <srush@knowbility.org>
Cc: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Hi Again,
I forgot one point.  Web accessibility and  and screen magnification
are disjoing technologies.

I think we should stop using screen magnifiers as an example of
assistive technology that require accessibility.  Actually screen
readers do not provide accessibility support, they provide
inaccessibility enabling.

WAI literature is filled with the notion that screen magnifiers have
something to do with accessibility.  They don't.  Screen magnifiers
are no different than good strong pair of reading glasses, like my 6x
pair.  You can read with them, but it difficult and uncomfortable.
Magnification is better than nothing, but it's not even OK.  The book
you read with prescription reading glasses is still inaccessible

We are EO on a new project.  We don't need to attack magnification as
a tool, but we don't need to promote it.

Received on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:52:57 UTC

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