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CD debate, use of images

From: Fernando Botelho <fbotelho@interport.net>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 09:35:18 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

My feeling is that a single word can be worth a thousand little icons.
The assumption below is that images are more intuitive than some words but
well chosen words can be much more enlightening.

I hope this is an appropriate comment since I have not been following the
discussion except for the email below.


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>To: janina Sajka <janina@afb.net>, Paul Schroeder <pws@afb.net>,
>        "Fernando 'The Dude' Botelho" <fbotelho@interport.net>
>From: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>
>Subject: interesting question on CD debate in WCAG working group
>Cc: Jay Leventhal <jaylev@afb.net>, Crista Earl <ivorycc@ix.netcom.com>
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>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/
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>      -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
>Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
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