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Re: Illustrations on web sites (was RE: Self-voicing browsers)

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 11:07:50 -0700
Message-ID: <380A1076.60DDC4F0@gorge.net>
To: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
AP:: "The idea that the web can be made "more accessible" by decreasing
the use of graphics or multimedia needs to be replaced..."

WL: The notion that the guidelines aim to "decrease use of graphics" is
totally erroneous. In every case the language of guidelines,
checkpoints, and techniques/examples is not directed towards reduction
of multimedia events but in their enhancement. The misguided but
prevalent impression that WAI's purpose is to turn the Web into a deadly
dull, boring text-only medium is quite simply *wrong* and forms one of
the main barriers to WCAG acceptance. Because there is emphasis on
matters of access for blind people in no way means that this is the
*only* group of PWDs of interest to WAI but that so many access problems
for them are generally illustrative of the problems that necessitate the
Initiative in the first place.

Received on Sunday, 17 October 1999 14:08:34 UTC

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