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GL 2.2: new benefit (low computer literacy)

From: Christophe Strobbe <Christophe.Strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2005 11:49:25 +0200
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One of the resolutions of the 26 May 2005 telecon was to discuss the 
following new benefit on the list:

People with low computer literacy, particularly the elderly, do not get 
confused or are not led to think that they have made a mistake.

This proposal came out of issue 1432 ("unsolicited transitions confuse").
Some participants objected to the inclusion of this benefit because low 
computer literacy is not a disability (e.g. taken to the extreme: some 
people get confused when seated in front of a computer with a mouse because 
they don't see the relation between the screen and the mouse, and it is not 
the author's task to remedy this).
However, even though WCAG is about lowering barriers for people with 
disabilities, there's nothing wrong with pointing out benefits for people 
who don't consider themselves as disabled. Defining *benefits* is something 
quite different than saying that there should be *success criteria* for 
people with low computer literacy.



Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Departement of Electrical Engineering - Research Group 
on  Document Architectures
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 - 3001 Leuven-Heverlee - BELGIUM
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