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RE: Seamless Accessibility (was Re: your mail)

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charlesn@sunrise.srl.rmit.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 12:59:52 +1000 (EST)
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.980523125405.17930D-100000@sunrise.srl.rmit.edu.au>
Right now I am using a text-only connection to read my mail and browse. 
When I come to a page designed as Liam describes, I will have no ideas 
what that page will be like if I swap to a full PPP connection and a 
graphical browser. Let alone knowing what the objects I cannot see are.

This is discrimination on a massive scale. It is also the antithesis of 
portability/interoperabiliity - it is creating various classes of user, 
allowing each to imagine they are the only class of user, and not letting 
them know if ther is something they are missing - an intensely 
authoritarian approach to information dissemination.

Charles McCathieNevile



On Fri, 22 May 1998, Liam Quinn wrote:

> At 12:01 PM 22/05/98 -0700, Waddell, Cynthia wrote:
> >Regarding  D-links- 
> >What about making them the same color of the background?  The screenreader
> >will still see it.
> 
> LQ::  I don't want the screenreader to see it unless the user of the
> screenreader explicitly asks for it.  D-links describe what images look
> like and thus tell the non-visual user that she's viewing a visual page.
> As an author, I want every user to think that the page is made specifically
> for her, so I don't want the non-visual user to get distracting remnants of
> anything visual.
> 
> The description linked to by a D-link is not important for communicating
> the content of a page.  The content of the image is expressed by the ALT
> attribute in the case of the IMG element and by the element content in the
> case of OBJECT.
> 
> -- 
> Liam Quinn
> Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
> http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
> 
> 
Received on Friday, 22 May 1998 23:20:20 GMT

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