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RE: RE Checkpoint 3.4 again

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 16:56:26 -0400
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To: Joel Sanda <joels@ecollege.com>, "'Jo Miller'" <jo@bendingline.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Joel, Kynn, and others ....

         Thanks very much for the comments on the holiday page. Yes, it is 
quite symbolic, but then it is created to be used mostly by non-readers ... 
I still have some illustrations (or symbols) to round up for some of the 
links before school starts ...  The holidays pages is one of the pages that 
I use a lot of clip art to illustrate the links. I have learned that if I 
leave the links without illustration, the kids are less likely to use the 
link independently, tho they will use it when told to.

         Joel, in primary school, illustrating is an skill kids are 
expected to come to school with. In Kindergarten it is a favorite way of 
asking a child to show s/he understood a story. Throughout education, 
students are expected to illustrate their written and oral work. They may 
do pictures instead of a written book report, or as a part of one. They 
create covers for reports that illustrate their topic. They include 
illustrations in their reports -- in the lowest grades they are drawing, 
perhaps pasted pictures, and by grad school they are all charts of data 
.... but illustrating one's work continues.  After schooling, as one 
settles down in a career, the need to illustrate doesn't go away. A 
co-worker needs to understand the work flow --- you draw a flow chart or 
something less ..... the head honchos want a demonstration of your idea or 
concept .... better have illustrations for them to look at while you're 
talking .... the need to illustrate is never far away.

         Perhaps my optimism that web designers will jump at the 
opportunity to consider illustrations for their sites is due to my place in 
education. It behooves me to stay as optimistic as possible ... You guys 
who expect a backlash from designers may indeed be right, since you have 
the closest contact with them.  But I wonder if some of you who teach 
designers would give it a try sometime and let me know how bad it crashes ....


Anne Pemberton

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