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Re: Define Accessibility!

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 15:05:35 -0400
Message-ID: <37615DFF.DEB77F1D@clark.net>
To: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>
CC: WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I don't think we can just pick the deffinition we want to apply and
then apply it to anything we want.  In this paradigm, the distinction
between accessibility and understandability is clearly different. 
Other wise, we'll find that all the publishers in the world must
rewrite all the books in the world.

we must choose the deffinition that fits the context rather than
finding a deffinition that we like and trying to drive it into a whole
into which it does not fit.

Anne Pemberton wrote:
> 
> At 01:14 PM 6/11/1999 -0400, Bruce Bailey wrote:
> >We have really been debating about the definition of accessibility here.
> >Some are equating "accessible" with "understandable" and others with
> >"available".
> 
> When looking for a definition, a good starting place is a dictionary. My
> handy Random House Webster's gives the definition of "accessible" as:
> 
> "1. Easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, or use. 2. able to be used,
> entered, or reached. 3. obtainable, attainable (accessible evidence). 4.
> Readily understandable. 5. open to the influence of (accessible to bribary)."
> 
> Definition #4 is relevent to this discussion, and, at least in this
> dictionary, the meaning of accessibility clearly includes understanding. In
> my mind at least, there has never been a question that understanding is a
> part of accessibility, and I have been quite surprised that understanding
> is considered something other than a part of accessibility.
> 
>                                 Anne
> 
> Anne L. Pemberton
> http://www.pen.k12.va.us/Pav/Academy1
> http://www.erols.com/stevepem/apembert
> apembert@crosslink.net
> Enabling Support Foundation
> http://www.enabling.org

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