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Re: WAMM! -- I-Can Online

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000 12:45:04 -0500 (EST)
To: thatch@us.ibm.com
cc: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>, Web Accessibility Initiative <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0003091142060.15211-100000@tux.w3.org>
Accessible with Home Page Reader does not necesarily mean accessible, and
there are at least features of the page which do not work in non-javascript
browsers. At least for students at RMIT University, where my office is, and
who have to use lynx or emacs in text-mode, this counts as inaccessible.

However this does raise an interesting topic - what level of support needs to
be provided for technology which is not up to date? An interesting corollary
on this is that up-to-date tends to vary from language to language - there
are a huge range of products avilable in the english language, but there are
relatively few designed to use any sign language, or to use Gaelic or

Charles McCN 

On Thu, 9 Mar 2000 thatch@us.ibm.com wrote:

  But the site is quite accessible, at least with Home Page Reader. That
  should be the criterion, not whether or not the P1 checkpoints are
  followed. I would suggest alt="" can replace alternative text that
  duplicates real text.
  Jim Thatcher
  IBM Accessibility Center
  HPR Quick Help: http://www.austin.ibm.com/sns/quickreplace.html
  "Bruce Bailey" <bbailey@clark.net> on 03/09/2000 09:11:06 AM
  To:   "Web Accessibility Initiative" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
  Subject:  WAMM! -- I-Can Online
  Just what the world needs.  Another disability-oriented portal site which
  doesn't meet the P1 checkpoints.  Drop them a line!

Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org    phone: +61 (0) 409 134 136
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative                      http://www.w3.org/WAI
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