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Re: single browser intranets

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 20:49:08 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199910270349.UAA10332@netcom10.netcom.com>
To: poehlman@clark.net, unagi69@concentric.net
Cc: sweetent@home.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

What is an accessible design?  Who decides?

The blind chemistry team I've been working with has two blind
members.  They came to me and asked that we rework the design
of the web pages to provide certain features which would improve
accessibility.  I told them we could do it, but only IE 4/5 has
the functions that will be needed for their requested features.
Other browsers like Netscape and lynx won't work.

Now, since there are blind users who love the accessibility of the
new features even though the pages only run on one browser, 
are the pages accessible?  My impression is that some other blind people
would say not because they would have to learn IE 4/5 and JAWS.

These types of conflicts can make designing accessible software
very frustrating.


> add to this the cost of training and the steepnes of the learning
> curve and the free help available for those wishing to effectively
> design and you come up with a financially plausable reason for
> implimentation of an accessible design.
Received on Tuesday, 26 October 1999 23:49:00 UTC

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