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Re: Single Browser Intranets (was: Web Accessibility Myths)

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 21:50:38 -0700
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To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>
Cc: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>, WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 05:09 PM 10/24/1999 , Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
>when executives from a company want to interface with their corporation's
>intranet via their cell phones, what are that company's IT people going to tell
>the people who sign their paychecks [...]

Gregory, they're going to tell them "I'm sorry, you can't use
your cell phone to access the Intranet" and the executives, not
knowing much about interoperability will shrug and say "okay."

This is the real world; in the real world, average people (who are
_not_ the people on this list -- we are the cult of interoperability
here, so if you would scream and fuss about it, you are NOT
representative of the company execs!) understand that they may have
to use a particular program, installed on all their computers and
supported by the IT folks, in order to do a certain task.  They may
have to save their files in Word 97 format for everyone else to be
able to understand, and these average people accept that.

Assuming that the chosen technology supports access for disabled
users (there are solutions for both of the "major browsers"), there
is no accessibility issue there.  There may be an INTEROPERABILITY
issue, but that is a business decision of the company and in many
cases interoperability _costs_.

Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/
Received on Monday, 25 October 1999 01:18:45 UTC

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