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Re: PICS and accessibility

From: Mike Burks <mburks952@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 01:33:45 -0500
To: "Jason White" <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>, "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <01bd256d$5bc2d4c0$6d41450c@mike-b>
I don t think that any automated tool alone can make that kind of judgement.
Anything that restricts the flow of information is pernicious as far as I am
concerned.  To me the first level of accessibility is being able to get to
the site...if the tool says NOPE this site is not accessible, does that mean
that valuable information is not there?

Anything that automatically restricts access to information chills me to my
soul.  The expostulations that I am being paranoid do not comfort me in the
least.  The weight of historical evidence supports the conclusion that
censorship in any form is not a good thing.

Mike Burks
-----Original Message-----
From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 1998 1:23 AM
Subject: PICS and accessibility

>It may be of interest, given that PICS is under discussion, to note that
>there has been some consideration of its use as a means of labeling web
>sites with respect to their degree of accessibility to people with
>disabilities. How useful do members of this group think that such labels,
>particularly if they were made by a party other than the creator of the
>site, would be to people with disabilities? Would it be helpful to have
>the option of restricting search engines or other tools just to sites
>which possess a high accessibility rating? What other applications of PICS
>content labels would be useful in the area of accessibility? Should the
>WAI develop a PICS labeling system with which web sites could be
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