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Re: making an online course accessible

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 12:54:51 -0800
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To: Lynn Alford <Lynn.Alford@jcu.edu.au>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 07:53 AM 2/23/2000 , Lynn Alford wrote:
>We are trying at James Cook University to develop a very accessible web
>site.  The target clients are those who may have cognitive problems after
>an accident. 

I haven't looked at your pages -- and in truth, I don't feel
qualified to comment on accessibility for cognitive disabilities
(yet) because the field is (currently) rather unexplored -- but
I would like to thank you for the way you phrased your question.

We use "accessible" and "inaccessible" as shorthand all the time,
but in truth, accessibility as a concept depends on having a
_subject_ (or is it an object?) of the sort "accessible _to_ ***."
Our goal is to make the content accessible _to_ everyone from an
idealistic standpoint; accessible _to_ "as many people as we
possibly can, given our own limitations" from a practical standpoint.

It's very good that you've identified who your audience is, because
that helps us to better gauge the effects of your design practices
upon your target audience.

Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/
Received on Friday, 25 February 2000 16:00:05 UTC

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