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Re: AlertBox: The death of single-design pages?

From: Marti <marti47@MEDIAONE.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 1999 11:51:59 -0400
Message-ID: <001701beb5b4$ac174720$ea50da18@mcculler2.ne.mediaone.net>
To: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Kynn said:

>Agree or disagree?  To tie into a recent thread:  how does access
>for cognitively impaired users tie into this?  We've been saying that
>you don't need a separate web site for blind (et al) users, but --
>if content needs to be actually rewritten for a new audience in order
>to make it comprehensible -- is this the end of "writing once" and
>the beginning of specialized web sites for each type of disability?
>
>Your thoughts are welcome.
>
>--Kynn
>
In an IDEAL world everything would be accessible to everyone all the time.
But we don't live in that world. Whether it is the web or any other media
there will be some practical considerations in the development of material.
I am sure a case can be made for extremes but is there really any serious
need to produce a drivers handbook in Braille?

Has anyone considered the needs of a cognitively disabled person who is also
blind?
If the ideal of Universal Design escapes us we should, I think, adapt in the
best way possible with the target audience in mind. Thus, that fancy
high-end system at the office shouldn't be spending a lot of time in a games
area and I would rather not think about somebody using a phone-link to
review a scientific paper while driving to work.

Marti McCuller
Agassa Technologies
Web Accessibility Services
http://www.agassa.com
Received on Sunday, 13 June 1999 12:33:30 GMT

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