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Re3: Accessible web site examples

From: Lloyd G. Rasmussen <lras@loc.gov>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 98 10:49:50 EDT
Message-Id: <52163.lras@loc.gov>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On Tue, 21 Jul 1998 06:53:33 -0700, 
William Loughborough  <love26@gorge.net > wrote:

>Lloyd: "But blind people, for a variety of reasons, are using more 
>browsers than Lynx nowadays."
>WL:: Is this just an impression or do you have some statistics?

It is not backed up by any statistics.  But if you look at the e-mail 
lists of various screen reader manufacturers, Guispeak and Guitalk, 
Webwatch-l, etc., note what is being discussed at consumer 
conventions, and also consider how many blind people do not have shell 
accounts, the other browsers are being used a lot.  This doesn't mean 
that everyone is happy with the results.  But it does mean that people 
can play audio files and painlessly download stuff, which were 
difficult or impossible through a shell.  Now I realize that Lynx can 
run on your own computer through PPP, and that's what I do, under DOS 
and Win95.  But you have to jump through a lot of hoops to make this 
work, and the windows browser/screen reader combination turns out to 
be easier for most people in most places.  If XML and stylesheets 
really take hold of the web, and new people don't come forward to do 
Lynx programming, Lynx will become less and less useful over the next 
2 to 3 years.

-- Lloyd Rasmussen
Senior Staff Engineer, Engineering Section
National Library Service for the  Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress          202-707-0535
(work)       lras@loc.gov    http://www.loc.gov/nls/
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