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Re: Interesting new information tool

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 19:37:09 -0400 (EDT)
To: Rich Caloggero <rich@accessexpressed.net>
cc: "'wai list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9910191934240.3789-100000@tux.w3.org>
Using Scalable Vector Graphics it becomes trivially easy to include
substantial amounts of alternative information in a picture. In fact this is
also possible using PNG format, and even GIF (please note that there are
several licensing requirements for using GIFs) or jpeg can carry textual
information, although user agents almost always ignore it and only a few
authoring tools implement it properly at the moment.

Charles McCN

On Mon, 18 Oct 1999, Rich Caloggero wrote:

  Has anyone seen/used this? Looks like a great thing for those with usable 
  vision. For those of us without, oh well, too bad! Seems to me that the 
  phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" needs to be updated for the 
  information age -- "a picture is worth a million words". Even if 
  information gathering intelligent software agents existed which could 
  digest and "understand" the glut of information out there, how can blind 
  people ever get a "picture" of it?
  
  
  
  					Rich
  
  companyname: Cartia
  email: david@cartia.com
  state: CA
  city: Oxnard
  
  Request: Cartia has developed a unique interface to large
  collections of information. Our clients are primarily Fortune 1000
  corporations. The browser-based interface can be used at
  www.newsmaps.com and a more general description of our
  company and product, called ThemeScape, can be found at
  www.cartia.com.
  
  

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