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Re: Can we have more information

From: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 18:34:28 -0800
To: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>, "_W3C-WAI Web Content Access. Guidelines List" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-id: <01fa01c17622$df5f3990$d790003e@dev1>
Funnily enough (under the circumstances) I have just come across it.

Williams Syndrome - an extract on the information sheet I am just reading...

"children with WS can be easily distracted by extraneous visual stimuli.
Thus beginning reading books which contain many detailed pictures and colors
on the same page as the printed word(so) are far from ideal. It is better to
use books which have a few simple pictures or outline drawings which are
less likely to distract the child. "

I do not know how this works with adults, I am writing to the foundation to
find out


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Ley" <jim@jibbering.com>
To: "WAI GL" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2001 7:27 AM
Subject: Re: Can we have more information

> "Lisa Seeman" <seeman@netvision.net.il>:
> > We are trying to gather as much information on cognitive disabilities as
> > possible.
> > Although I was aware of Hyperlexia, were text is often more useful then
> > illustrations, I was not aware of a disability group whose perception
> was
> > impaired by illustrative non animated illustrations.
> >
> > Could you provide more information about this Jim.
> I only know of my own experiences, it's not a disability - in that it has
> no effect on my life, we live in a text (and speech) world.  All I know is
> that illustrations which try to give understanding generally cause me
> confusion, because I begin to doubt what I've read.
> There's a game I've played where you have illustrations which are very
> similar to those suggested for illustrating ideas.  I don't understand
> them, even after I know what they're trying to portray, yet I'm quite good
> at the game, because it's done with lots of people guessing at once, and I
> get it from their words, rather than the illustration itself - in fact I
> found it easier to not look at the illustration at all.
> It doesn't disable me - I can do everything I need, the current
> suggestions are that these alternate illustrations help "everyone" and not
> just some, so it's okay if they are shown to everyone (only needing to be
> hidden if _all_ images are hidden.)
> Jim.
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