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Re: Green Fingers

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 18:42:56 -0400
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To: "Matt May" <mcmay@bestkungfu.com>, <apembert45@lycos.com>, "Jonathan Chetwynd" <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Marja-Riitta Koivunen" <marja@w3.org>
Matt and all,

	Apologies! My last response should have gone to Matt privately. 


At 09:58 AM 4/23/01 -0700, Matt May wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Anne Pemberton" <apembert45@lycos.com>
>> Incidently, I have a difficult time with so much said and inferred that
>sound and multi-media are mis-used on the web. It is distressing to see how
>often something that displeases or doesn't appeal a person is judged
>"mis-used". One man's useless is another man's essential.
>MM I didn't say multimedia displeased or didn't appeal to me. I said I've
>run scientific tests which show that multimedia sites such as those
>demonstrated by Jonathan are less usable than standard HTML-based web pages,
>due to inconsistency, non-discoverability and distraction, and this is
>consistent with other research in the field of web usability. It's not a
>personal opinion.
>Multimedia sites are designed not to look or function like one another,
>which turns the navigation process from something learned by repetition into
>something that needs to be re-learned at every page. Additionally, sites
>like these obscure information by not being searchable (the text inside is
>not only invisible to screen readers and text browsers, it can't be parsed
>by search engines either). Yes, they look nicer and some people prefer them
>on subjective criteria, but nothing that's been suggested here leads to an
>objective statement that multimedia treatments of all the pages on the web
>aid the accessibility of the whole web. Much less how to make
>non-educational or non-entertainment sites accessible in this manner.
Anne Pemberton

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