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From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 13:29:26 -0700
Message-Id: <4.1.19990608132820.019a41a0@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: "Sally Paveley" <sallyp@advisory-unit.org.uk>
Cc: "Wayne Myers-Education" <wayne.myers@bbc.co.uk>, "w3" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 01:19 PM 6/8/1999 , Sally Paveley wrote:
>However eloquently you argue about semantics the fact remains that people
>who have learning difficulties often have a problem with (accessing?)
>information because they don't understand it. That is the nature of their
>disability.  It may be interesting to pursue a philosophical arguement about
>whether or not this should be so but what really matters is the principle
>that people with learning difficulties, in common with all groups of people
>who have a disability, have a right to have their needs considered when
>information is being made available.  If you don't want to call that access
>then use another word; 'a rose by any other name'?  When people with
>learning difficulties talk about accessible information they mean
>information presented in a way they can understand.

How should this affect the design of a web site or the presentation
of the content?

You will find a very sympathetic audience when you argue that all
people should have their needs considered; we are merely waiting for
the follow-up that explains how to consider these needs.

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@hwg.org>
President, Governing Board Member
HTML Writers Guild <URL:http://www.hwg.org>
Director, Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education Center
Received on Tuesday, 8 June 1999 16:30:00 UTC

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