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Re: Web Accessibility Myths and The Kynn Challenge (was:

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 14:24:12 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199910242124.OAA12167@netcom15.netcom.com>
To: charles@w3.org, jonathan@signbrowser.free-online.co.uk, mburks952@worldnet.att.net, phoenixl@netcom.com
Cc: kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi,

Companies are in a bind because of software developers.  Do they choose
and support software because it best fits the IT needs of the company or
do they choose less appropriate software because some disabled employees
find it easier to use?  A number of companies are choosing software
because of IT needs and the use of that software becomes part of the job
requirements.  (This is why blind people are losing jobs.)

Some universities are now requiring that all new students bring a certain
type of computer to school in order that selection of software
can be standardized across the campus.

Because technology is changing and becoming an important part of
education, will there be a point that use of certain computer
technology will be as fundamental as using the main language
of an institution?

My impression is that universities are not required to build specialized
computers for various disabled students.  I wonder if universities could
use a similar arguement that they should not be required to build
specialized software for each disabled student.

Scott


> The reason to support more than one type of browser on an intranet include:
> 
> Good practice.
> 
> ---
> 
> Special Needs within a corporation will require a different browser.
> 
> Our college has a number of systems, not surprisingly.
> 
> Apple's are used by some different thinking types apparently.
> 
> Not all are networked, so some comms go via www.
> 
> 
> 
> Jonathan Chetwynd
> jay@peepo.com
Received on Sunday, 24 October 1999 17:24:18 GMT

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