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RE: Baseline capabilities

From: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2000 11:11:57 +0200
To: "WAI \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000801c039ad$08e7ac60$4aa7003e@ndcil.com>

First let me apologies for standing in the way of consensus, and for
generalizing within this email.

It seems to me that the guidelines are intended as a generalization, for
people with impairments, and as a generalization, such people are often
unemployed or at in a lower wage bracket.

Now in our area we have a service, were distribute old second hand computer
equipment, to people would benefit from it (I have about six or seven
keyboards cluttering up my living room, a monitor under the bed...).
Typically is used by people who are suffering from a condition that is
preventing them from attending work, can continue working from home.
Unfortunately all of these computers have old systems on them, win32 stuff,
and do  not have the memory to run the latest system - even if it is
available for free. Having spoken to people running similar programs in the
US, this situation is again, typical.

It seems to me that we are basing our baseline capabilities around what you
see in well financed offices, or what well employed people have in there
house, but not around what is typical for the people for who the guidelines
are intended, who are often home based, using second hand five year old
systems.
So back to the "what 80% of people use" syndrome, is this 80% of the general
public, or s this 80% of our end user public. And anyway surly what these
guideline are about are the 20% are people too.

L
Received on Thursday, 19 October 2000 05:20:25 GMT

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