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R: Call to embrace new technologies (Was: RE: issue with Guideline 4.2 )

From: Roberto Castaldo <r.castaldo@iol.it>
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 16:20:19 +0100
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Hi group,

- do we really want to say that something is accessible if it cannot be used
by people with disabilities -- but theoretically could if someday someone
made a tool that allowed it?

I think we should think about it very carefully, as it's a potentially
dangerous way to run.

I believe that one fundamental accessibility issue is about tecnological
differences between people who can afford, or simply have full access to new
technologies; creating accessible web sites is one of the key factors to
reach third world users who cannot count on the latest technologies to
connect to the internet, and we cannot forget it, as we don't want to allow
new technologies to increase technological diversities and disabilities.

Is embracing new technologies a first step to forget the not new ones?
That's my principal concern about Yvette's call.

My best regards,

Roberto Castaldo
www.Webaccessibile.Org coordinator
IWA/HWG Member
Icq 178709294
Received on Sunday, 19 December 2004 15:18:53 UTC

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