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Re: Green Fingers

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 21:34:08 +0100
Message-ID: <003001c0cc34$bf7bc820$84907bd5@btopenworld.com>
To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Cc: "Matt May" <mcmay@bestkungfu.com>
I happen not to agree, Matts concerns are all to real, and the current guidelines do little to encourage anything other than acceptance of that position at best.

However, I am not seeking a universal solution applicable to all web pages, that might suit alt tags, but cleaarly we cannot expect every page to provide multimedia content.

What is not stated clearly enough and certainly not well understood by many so called experts, is that many users are completely disabled by large quantities of text, and monolithic sites.

People with cognitive disabilities have a right to some content designed for their abilities and needs. It is especially the case that government, legal, medical and educational content be created for their benefit.

If this means that universality gets lost by the wayside, too bad, these people are human, and in great danger of being ignored. They do not have acccess to income let alone purchasing power, so arguments regarding cost are completely irrelevant, it is a need and it must be met, just not by everyone just now.

If you don't have time or inclination to contribute positively, for goodness sake get out of the way.


jonathan chetwynd
IT teacher (LD)
j.chetwynd@btinternet.com
http://www.signbrowser.org.uk
Received on Monday, 23 April 2001 16:43:37 GMT

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