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Re: Using meta tags to improve access for cognitive disabilities

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 15:38:49 -0800
Message-Id: <4.2.0.58.19991119153705.00c7a100@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: karl.hebenstreit@gsa.gov
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 12:58 PM 11/19/1999 , karl.hebenstreit@gsa.gov wrote:
>I've been wondering about whether using meta tags might be useful to enable
>for improving web access for people with cognitive disabilities,
>particularly  "Keyword" and "Desciption".   Has anyone done any research on
>this?

I don't know about research on this in specific, but in general
meta tags for keywords and descriptions are very valuable for
accessibility purposes because they can provide a good
"summary" of what the page is all about.  This is good for
slow or limited transmission media, such as speech -- a summary
would let you know if you're on the right page without having
to read the entire page, for example.

Naturally, they also help with search engines, and as you say,
they could be very useful for cognitive disabilities as well.

-- 
Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/
Received on Friday, 19 November 1999 19:27:54 GMT

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