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RE: Javascript alternatives not necessary?

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 15:35:21 -0500
To: "'Fentress, Robert'" <rfentres@vt.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <auto-000029050314@spamarrest.com>

Interesting question.  I wouldn't think something that requires a particular
computer and browser was accessible. But then could flash ever be accessible
because it requires its own player?  (though it does work on some different
platforms ) .....

Hmmmm   a good question to discuss. I think I know generally where we are
but as I think of it , I'm not sure exactly where we are.


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Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D. 
Professor - Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
Director - Trace R & D Center 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Fentress, Robert
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 3:24 PM
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: RE: Javascript alternatives not necessary?

So an accessible application that only ran on the Windows platform wouldn't
be accessible?  It may not be cross-platform, but does that make it, ipso
facto, inaccessible.  Couldn't you just say that users must access the
resource on IE on a PC?  Certain flash movies could almost be viewed as
applications that happen to run in a browser, and these are just not
cross-platform applications, at least in terms of accessibility.  Ideally,
web resources should be cross-platform, but they are not always, sometimes
for very practical reasons.   I don't feel comfortable ruling out Flash as
inaccessible, just because it isn't accessible on every platform.  In many
cases, it provides functionality that simply cannot be replicated in more
accessible ways, and certainly cannot be replicated with just text.


-----Original Message-----
From:   Lee Roberts [mailto:leeroberts@roserockdesign.com]
Sent:   Tue 7/20/2004 3:35 PM
To:     w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject:        RE: Javascript alternatives not necessary?

First and foremost, prove to me that Flash works on
anything other than Microsoft platforms.

It does not work on Mac or Linux.  Therefore it is not
accessible and therefore must have a text alternate
version.  Don't confuse yourselves with propaganda.

Lee Roberts
Received on Tuesday, 20 July 2004 16:35:27 UTC

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