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Re: Text equivalents

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <jay@peepo.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2000 08:40:18 -0000
Message-ID: <005c01bf90b5$9baf4ae0$754d9fd4@myworkstation>
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>, "w3c" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Anne Pemberton" <apembert@pen.k12.va.us>
In response to an offline request to try to help define how we might
progress...

'universal' accessibility and the drive to define it currently excudes
People with 'severe' CD by which I do not include Gregory and anyone who has
proceeded succesfully through secondary education, and this includes many
children. Many cannot read, and very few can follow the meaning of a
passage, unless it is part of a story, rather than say a dialectical
argument.

This group do not need 'every' page to be accessible, however it would be
very helpful if every site had a part for them.

For example these people need to know their legal, medical and educational
rights.

They need to be able to browse the web and find suitable pages....


Recently I have been getting such negative responses from WAI members that I
have briefly considered resigning.

It is a huge problem and affects the whole approach of WAI.
I am just not sure that WAI is the right place.
perhaps we need a CD working group that could format some guidelines in
'private'
before discussing them with the rest of the members.

jay@peepo.com

Jonathan Chetwynd
special needs teacher and
web accessibility consultant.
----- Original Message -----
From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <jay@peepo.com>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2000 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: Text equivalents


> aloha, jonathan!
>
> thanks for the emessage...  i'm a bit confused, though, as to what exactly
> you are attempting to communicate to me, so could you please take a second
> pass at it, as i am eager to grasp the olive branch which you are
extending
> and move forward together in order to make WCAG a stronger and  more
> universal document...
>
> gregory.
>
> At 01:07 PM 3/17/00 +0000, you wrote:
> >It is and was not my intention to enter into a personal attack.
> >
> >The fact is Gregory that you are make assumptions (about web usability)
that
> >my clients have no means of making.
> >
> >Anne through her experience will know what suits her clients needs./
> >She is endeavouring to meet them and showing others the way.
> >
> >To complain about P1 compliance is an irrelevence.
> >P1 currently does very little directly related to cognitive disability.
> >
> >Her site was excellent because it did not provide a complex interface and
> >did not involve complex decisions.
> >causation is a primitive.
> >To test a change in modality, or media is critical to both conciousness
and
> >our understanding.
> >computers we are all aware are not.
> >computers also handle text well.
> >
> >Your use of English belies your understanding of the issues.
> >You urgently need to take on board these thought if you intend to help
> >people with cognitive disability.
> >
> >
> >jay@peepo.com
> >
> >Jonathan Chetwynd
> >special needs teacher and
> >web accessibility consultant.
>
> --------------------------------------------------------
> He that lives on Hope, dies farting
>       -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
> --------------------------------------------------------
> Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
>     WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
>          <http://www.hicom.net/~oedipus/vicug/index.html>
> --------------------------------------------------------
>
>
Received on Saturday, 18 March 2000 03:44:21 GMT

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