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RE: Pentium III-only sites coming

From: Brumage_D <Brumage_D@bls.gov>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 12:32:58 -0500
Message-ID: <200E2FA22B2AD2119AC000104B6A0A86970FA3@PSBMAIL1>
To: "'Brumage_D'" <Brumage_D@bls.gov>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, "'David Meadows'" <david@heroes.force9.co.uk>, jfox@dol-esa.gov
Point well taken, my apologies. However, getting back to the real
accessibility issues surrounding the PIII chip and the Australian content
providers designing sites specifically for the chip: They have obviously
made a decision that their target audience is specifically the users who
have the PIII chip. As for the rest of us whose target audience is not so
narrow, just as they are using client detection to determine who can access
these sites, we will continue to be able to do the same in our sites
providing alternative content for the PIII chip without making this our only
offering. Through the use of template based pages this can come from single
versions of pages that are parsed on the server to determine from the
client's capabilities which components in the page to deliver.

David

> ----------
> From: 	Jamie Fox[SMTP:jfox@dol-esa.gov]
> Sent: 	Thursday, March 04, 1999 12:05 PM
> To: 	'Brumage_D'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org; 'David Meadows'
> Subject: 	RE: Pentium III-only sites coming
> 
> I think we've strayed from accessibility issues here.
> 
> -Jamie
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From:	w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf
> Of Brumage_D
> Sent:	Thursday, March 04, 1999 10:10 AM
> To:	w3c-wai-ig@w3.org; David Meadows
> Subject:	RE: Pentium III-only sites coming
> 
> Intel themselves admit that for most users the true added benefit of the
> PIII processor will be invisible due to current internet access
> limitations
> (bandwidth). However, with the current trends in cable modem, DSL and
> other
> high speed access capabilities, this will change quickly over the next
> year
> with a much larger percentage of Internet users having the bandwidth
> available to support real time streaming media.
> 
> In the mean-time this chip has a place in corporate America. Imagine you
> are
> tasked to create a training application to be delivered across your
> corporate network. This technology makes it much easier for you to produce
> a
> full multimedia interactive application delivered to your new hires via
> the
> corporate Intranet.
> 
> We shouldn't dismiss new technology just because we don't see the benefit
> for ourselves. In another couple years when this is the low-end or
> obsolete
> Intel offering we won't remember how we ever got by without it.
> 
> David
> 
> > ----------
> > From: 	David Meadows[SMTP:david@heroes.force9.co.uk]
> > Sent: 	Thursday, March 04, 1999 1:08 AM
> > To: 	w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> > Subject: 	Re: Pentium III-only sites coming
> >
> > Lovey@aol.com <Lovey@aol.com> wrote:
> >
> > [snip]
> > >...the common goal is to usher owners of a Pentium III into special
> pages
> > >where content such as streaming media, 3D interfaces and animation have
> > been
> > >peak-tuned to suit Intel's latest powerhouse processor.
> >
> >
> > I don't understand the value of this. How can content be "peak-tuned to
> > suit
> > Intel's latest powerhouse processor" unless they also supply every
> Pentium
> > III user with a T3 (or similar) link to the Internet? Isn't the type of
> > computer actually the least important factor in how a web page is
> viewed?
> >
> > Is it just me, or does everybody else also think this is stupid?
> >
> >
> > --
> > David Meadows [ Technical Writer | Information Developer ]
> > DNRC Minister for Littorasy * david@heroes.force9.co.uk
> >
> > "If you are worried that your children are going to read
> >  low-quality information, teach them. Teach them what to read.
> >  Teach them how to judge information."   -- Tim Berners-Lee
> 
Received on Thursday, 4 March 1999 12:33:39 GMT

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