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Re: Challenge: Defining accessibility

From: Steve Baty <steve@redsquare.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 16:51:26 +1000
Message-ID: <003401c03d86$d4d477e0$71044ccb@SYLVIA>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sorry, one further point here....approximately half of the world's
population has never made a telephone call. We have a long, long way to go
before Web content is accessible to this group.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Baty" <steve@redsquare.com>
To: "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2000 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: Challenge: Defining accessibility


> Charles,
>
> I think in terms of the Content Accessibility guidelines it is a bit much
to
> include "economic hardship" as a disability. Yes, agreed, it does
constitute
> a barrier for the user in terms of accessing the content, but it is not
the
> fault of the content per se. You can't blame the content when the problem
is
> actually lack of access to the technology as a whole.
>
> However, would you (could you) draw the same parallels with Television or
> radio? There is a certain amount of economic divisiveness here also - cost
> of a TV, cable etc; same with radio. Is there, and should there be, an
> initiative to make sure that all people have access to TV content
regardless
> of disability/disadvantage?
>
> It is an ambitious and laudable goal, making the Web available to all
> regardless of their situation in life. However, I think ensuring that
those
> people who _can_ access the 'Net are able to utilise the content is a good
> first step.
>
> Cheers
> Steve
Received on Tuesday, 24 October 2000 01:52:41 GMT

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