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RE: wall st. journal "brace of new federal requirements could help out disabled web users

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 09:03:18 -0400
Message-ID: <01BECA03.5EBCD9A0.bbailey@clark.net>
To: "'Kynn Bartlett'" <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>, Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
These observations hold for general computer usage as well.  It is only 
recently that computers included sound cards as standard equipment, so it 
only recently that being deaf was much of an impediment to computer use. 
 Likewise, being a paraplegic was not much of an impediment once one had a 
table at the proper height.  It would be interesting to get more attention 
on how someone with quadriplegia uses the web.  It would be interesting too 
to get more attention on how non-readers use computers.

On Thursday, July 08, 1999 11:11 PM, Kynn Bartlett 
[SMTP:kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com] wrote:
> At 07:50 PM 7/8/1999 , Jason White wrote:
> >It is interesting to notice the extent to which these articles tend to
> >focus on vision impairment, as distinct from other types of 
disabilities.
>
> The most common and _most understood_ access problems on the web
> generally relate to visual impairments.  There are millions of
> web sites dependent upon someone being able to SEE, and very
> few dependent upon someone being able to HEAR (as an example of
> another broad disability class).  Likewise, many web sites actually
> can be used, thanks to the browser software, by folks who can't
> use a mouse, by tabbing around, although admittedly there is a
> greater problem for keyboard access users than non-auditory users.
Received on Friday, 9 July 1999 12:04:29 UTC

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