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Re: How to convince businesses...

From: <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 01:58:19 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <200010090858.BAA18969@garth.idyllmtn.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Reidy Brown wrote:
> I'm a little surprised that no one (especially Kynn) has talked about using
> server-side logic to create customized pages based on user preferences.

That's because Kynn has been out of the country for more than a
week. :) 

Last week I was at the W3C's Device Independent Workshop which very
much focused on that very concept, and then at the WCAG meeting.  This
week I am France meeting with an Edapta partner.

I firmly believe that server-side logic is the next wave in web
accessibility, and I believed that even before it was the Edapta
party line; in fact, I left the HWG to join Edapta _because_ they
had the "right approach" -- that is to say, the techniques that I
had been talking about for six months before I ever met them. :)

Intelligent adaptation -- or "edaptation" as we say around the
Edapta office -- is here to stay, and it's exciting to be involved
with a company that is daily pushing back the frontiers of "what
we can do" with the WWW.

Anyway...what was the question? :)

There's a strong business argument for server-side edaptation processes
because it enables delivery to a multitude of device and people
characteristics; accessibility for people with disabilities is 
simply one specific use case of this very powerful general solution
which can enable cell phones, set-top boxes, television, pagers,
palm-size devices, and the 21st century's "killer internet device"
which hasn't been enabled yet.

Server-side edaptation processes also allow for more effective
and useful corporate intranets (including making the intranet 
accessible to employees with disabilities so they can do their jobs!)
and so there's another business argument.

In the future, you will see Edapta's edaptation technology integrated
into available off-the-shelf web server technology solutions -- so
that within 5 years, I expect to see the Edapta approach deployed on
every major web site in the world and most smaller sites, revolutionizing
the way that web pages are built.

I guess we don't dream small at Edapta.

--Kynn.fr, logging on from France
Received on Monday, 9 October 2000 04:56:22 GMT

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