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RE: Is large print Accessibility?

From: Dave J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 20:27:59 +0100
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To: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> From:	David Poehlman [SMTP:poehlman@clark.net]
> sorry dave, I don't understand your message?
	[DJW:]  Most commercial web page designers use
	an 80:20 rule.  They design for the commercially
	best 80% of the market and either pretend that the
	rest does not exist, or add workarounds, after the
	main design, to support some of the 20%.  IE is
	getting near to covering 80% on its own, so it is
	likely that the approach will be:

	- design to produce the desired look and feel on 
	  IE 5 (empirically to a significant extent);

	- fixup so that it is workable on IE 4 and Windows
	  NS 4;

	- pretend that Opera, IE3-, NS on Unix, Lynx, Amaya, etc.
	  don't exist.

	For some markets, Web-TV may be tolerated.

	The behaviour they are designing for is not just the
	documented behaviour (HTML says very little about 
	presentation details and sites do not generally fully
	specify a CSS environment, even if CSS were to work
	properly), but the specific error recovery (most HTML
	is invalid) and implementation details of the rendering.

	To compete well against IE with real HTML, a browser has
	to behave in essentially the same way as IE, not just 
	conform to the HTML, and possibly, CSS specifications.

	The exact details will depend on the target market.  If
	the market is more saturated, they are more likely to support
	more browsers.  If the market is very large, they may support
	more browsers.


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