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From: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 15:36:47 +0200
Message-ID: <00ba01c095c2$03f29f00$3ba1003e@seeman>
To: "WAI" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
When we were talking about color disabilities I wrote off to the
Achromatopsia Network (Achromatopsics  have no color sensors at all) asking
them for information. I think their reply is well worth reading and
All the best,

-----Original Message-----
From: Frances Futterman <futterman@achromat.org>
To: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>
Date: Monday, February 12, 2001 11:28 PM
Subject: Responding

>Dear Lisa,
>Thank you for your recent e-mail, and I am sorry that I have not been able
>to answer sooner. Even now I am still working on a string of writing
>deadlines, so I do not have the time I would need for attending to
>correspondence yet. I will say that, yes, our network members (The
>Achromatopsia Network) do quite frequently report having trouble seeing the
>information on web pages because of the colors chosen for graphics, text
>and background, etc. Yes, as you suggested, strong ocular contrast is
>important; but, in our case, we do not perceive color at all, so certain
>shades of one color can be indistinguishable to us from certain shades of
>another color in the background -- thus, we may be unable to read or
>perceive some material at all if the background color in gray-scale looks
>like the foreground (or print) color in gray-scale. I would need to do some
>researching to find some specific examples that have given our network
>members the most trouble (and I could report this later on). The biggest
>problem in common usage is black on red or red on black, since black and
>red look the same to our eyes.
>Frances Futterman, facilitator,
>The Achromatopsia Network
>>     Hello, My name is Lisa Seeman and I am on the W3C WAI  working group.
>>We provide guidelines for creating accessible web pages for  persons with
>>disabilities. These guideline are used internationally by web  designers,
>>legislators policy makers etc as to decide how to make the  information on
>>the internet accessible to all.   We hope to incorporate techniques for
>>making  sites useable by people with Achromatopsia . I have been assuming
>>that strong  ocular contrasts color help, can you help or comment.  Yours
>>Lisa Seeman
>Frances Futterman
>The Achromatopsia Network
>P.O. Box 214
>Berkeley, CA 94701-0214  USA
>Fax: (01) 510-540-4767
>E-Mail: Futterman@achromat.org
>WWW: http://www.achromat.org/
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