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Re: interesting question on CD debate in WCAG working group

From: Janina Sajka <janina@afb.net>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 01:13:15 -0400 (EDT)
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>
cc: Paul Schroeder <pws@afb.net>, "Fernando 'The Dude' Botelho" <fbotelho@interport.net>, Jay Leventhal <jaylev@afb.net>, Crista Earl <ivorycc@ix.netcom.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0004040109100.1290-100000@sajka.bellatlantic.net>
If I may be permitted the analogy, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote some rather
delightful symphonies though he was stone deaf. Of course, he was not deaf
from birth.

For myself, I can tell you that my early training in computer programming
was based around writing graphics display programs -- the kind of things
that used rules and random numbers to generate perpetually changing
art. Was it good? Some people thought some of it was quite good.

Lastly, consider that some of us are quite capable of dressing ourselves
very fashionably. Then, others of us don't care about such things.

So, my conclusion is that it would be unfair to generalize about some
inate inability here.

				Janina Sajka, Director
				Information Systems Research & Development
				American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)


On Tue, 4 Apr 2000, Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:

> comments can be sent directly to the list, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
> Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2000 21:25:07 -0700
> To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
> :
> :
> Subject: Appropriate Use of Graphics, and Web Design by Blind People
> Question:  Does a requirement to use graphics "when appropriate" --
> something that may not be easily done by users with visual
> disabilities -- mean that blind people are not going to be "good"
> web designers?
> Especially if we are going to expect them to be skilled in graphical
> user interface design and understand how to use images to communicate
> with people with cognitive disabilities?
> If we adopted a "use graphics" requirement as a P1, would a blind
> designer be able to meet that requirement effectively?
> Just thinking out loud -- don't mind me.
> --
> Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                   http://www.kynn.com/
> Director of Accessibility, edapta                  http://www.edapta.com/
> Chief Technologist, Idyll Mountain Internet      http://www.idyllmtn.com/
> AWARE Center Director                         http://www.awarecenter.org/
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> He that lives on Hope, dies farting
>       -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
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> Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
>     WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
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