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From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:23:36 -0500
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Another user agent issue I face is that it depends on the user group.

For example, if a business or agency provides its employess with user 
agents having certain capabilities, it doesn't have to worry about older 
user agents, for pages only used by those employees.   In other words, we 
can assume more for intranet pages than for internet pages.  (I'm dealing 
with this as we speak BTW).

I think this is yet another argument for having a document (or section of a 
document) that deals only with accessibility as a function of user agent, 
and omits "requirements" or "compliance".

Requirements for compliance should be in a different document (or document 
section), which takes into account the user population (e.g. public vs. 
employee) and factors against which there may be a tradeoff with 
accessibility (e.g. "essential purpose" ).

I think this will save time in the long run, since we'll otherwise have 
perpetual arguments due to different people having different situations in 

Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP and Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Temple 
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