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

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 15:16:43 -0400
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19991017151643.007bda40@apembert.pop.crosslink.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
William,

	Your reply seems to support my original statement. Perhaps WCAG would be
better received if there were clear statements that graphics and
multimedia, properly coded and tagged, are *necessary* for many folks with
disabilities. 

				Anne

At 11:07 AM 10/17/1999 -0700, William Loughborough wrote:
>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.
>
>-- 
>Love.
>            ACCESSIBILITY IS RIGHT - NOT PRIVILEGE
>http://dicomp.pair.com
>
Anne L. Pemberton
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Received on Sunday, 17 October 1999 20:30:01 GMT

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