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Re: Some more thoughts re 3.3 etc.

From: Jeff Isom <jeff@cpd2.usu.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 07:56:15 -0700
Message-ID: <002301c0b929$919606a0$42117b81@usu.edu>
To: "WCAG" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
I'm new to the group so forgive me if some of my thoughts have already been expressed.

I agree that it makes sense to design pages for tools rather than specific disabilities. But this leads to the question of what are the tools.  It is obvious that people with visual disabilities use screen readers or screen magnifiers.  People with motor impairments use assistive keyboards or other input devices.  It is easier to create guidelines and checkpoints for those tools.  But what are the tools used by people with cognitive impairments.  In my mind, they have tools too, only their tools aren't hardware or software solutions.  Instead their tools are the things that were debated during the call yesterday.  They use the tools of redundant navigation mechanisms (2.1) and clear and simple writing (3.3).  Without these tools, the pages are not accessible to them.  So I don't see how those items can be removed from the Guidelines.

Just my thoughts on the matter.


Jeffrey Isom
Instructional Designer
Web Accessibility in Mind (http://www.webaim.org)
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University
Logan, Utah   84322-6800
(435) 797-7582
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