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Re: International Accessibility

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 20:32:14 -0400 (EDT)
To: <s.livingstone@btinternet.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107292027230.27667-100000@tux.w3.org>
Steven, there are topics that come up on this list from time to time...

for example, in hebrew it is possible to leave out vowels in writing, which
can cause problems for people who already have problems reading. In spanish
there was a common screen reader called tiflowin that froze if there were
animations on a page. In many languages software that is available in english
is not available, or only available in ollder versions. I don't know if it is
still the case, but very recently there were countries where people who were
blind used DOS and a DOS-based screenreader, in Europe.

I have never heard anything about accessibility on this list for African
languages. As far as I know Opera is the only browser available in Breton,
Welsjh, Irish and Scots Gaelic.

The only resource I can recall off-hand is SID@R - a spanish group working on
accessibility, whose website (in Spanish) is at http://www.sidar.org - if you
find others I would be interested to know.


Charles McCN

On Mon, 30 Jul 2001 s.livingstone@btinternet.com wrote:

  Hi all.

  Can someone give me direction to some information on Accessibility for International users?

  By International, i mean with respect to language, locale and any other issues and how they affect the usability of web content and web applications.

  Thanks a lot,

Charles McCathieNevile    http://www.w3.org/People/Charles  phone: +61 409 134 136
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