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Re: QED & Marshall McLuhan

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 1999 12:41:37 -0400
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To: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

	This is wonderfully well said!!!
>expand the scope to read something like:
>"ensure that pages are as readable/processable as possible to
>......and those with special processing needs.
>1> illustrate pages with meaningful graphics and symbology. (this
>should be done in such a way as to allow for comprehention of the page
>without reading the text on the page by individuals who are totally
>graphically oriented).
>2> use multimedia whereever possible to either speak the text of a
>page or sho a demonstration which in an animated way explains the text
>on the pages. (this gets at those with limitations of atention, focus
>and other types of cognative processing which may interfere with
>visual processing).


>Making pages comprehensible after all is what we really hope to
>achieve.  providing these curbcuts and doing a good job of it may well
>assist many of the rest of us as the medium and the environment evolve
>to a more real time paradigm much the way tv is now or trafic flow.  I
>see this as moving to a situation where we will get our information
>entertainment, instructions and assistance all from one bag connected
>permenantly and irrevocably to a network, we wil be exploring our
>world more and more through this filter.  If in this process, we
>should look away for a second, we don't want to miss something
>critical.  This then that I propose will help to ensure less data

I also agree very much with your vision of the future of the Internet as
merging with the technology of TV and producing an end product that will
transcend even the best we can envision of the coming possibilities. As an
educator, I'm excited by the potential of the Internet to provide education
in an neverending array of possibilities. 

Regarding your assumptions (near the beginning of your note) about the
presumption that web authors would automatically include graphics: sadly,
it isn't happening on a lot of sites where it should be ... Your guidelines
above help make it clear that graphics and multi-media are a part of basic
good web design that is to reach the widest range of users. Thank you for
putting it together so well.


Anne L. Pemberton
Enabling Support Foundation
Received on Wednesday, 9 June 1999 12:34:03 UTC

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