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Re: User and user needs conflict- BIG ISSUES REMAINING TO BE DISCUSSED

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 09:10:27 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
cc: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>, <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "_W3C-WAI Web Content Access. Guidelines List" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0109280906200.13155-100000@tux.w3.org>
Well, there are two approaches.

An example is that some users prefer well-animated content, and others prefer
non-animated content.

In some instances this can be decided by the users themselves - decent
browsers allow the user to specify that they don't want content to be
animated, or even that by default they don't want types of content that are
likely to be animated.

And the other approach, as Lisa pointed out (beating Kynn to the jump - hi
Kynn <grin/>) is to serve different versions of the content for different
users (It isn't just Reef doing this - big names include IBM, smaller ones
include adaptive media, and most people who started marketing to mobile

The benefit of the first appraoch is that it is very simple for authors, but
users have to do more configuration, and therefore need to know they can, and


On Fri, 28 Sep 2001, Jason White wrote:

  Lisa Seeman writes:
   > You can get a baseline of accessibility on a page that is adequate for
   > everyone, But if you want  state of the art accessibility then:
   > Users and users needs conflict - fact
  In what circumstances? Examples would probably help to clarify the issue.
   > Suggested solution: Alternative renderings
  Author-supplied, generated by user agents, or each as appropriate?

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