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Re: Challenge: Defining accessibility

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 16:34:42 -0400
Message-ID: <39F5F262.C950482A@clark.net>
To: "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>
CC: "WAI Interest Group (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I've read all the answers to this challenge and I have not yet seen a
scopefully satisfactory deffinigion.  I have this to offer though.  if
you lessen the cost of something, more people will consume it.  Some
would have it that we blote sites such that it becomes more not less
expensive to access them.  Accessability is that form or delivery that
without any conflict brings something into availability to the widest
possible number of individuals.  There are many ways to achieve this. 
The guidelines are a good step in the right direction as they daution
against abandoning older technologies and direct conciousness towards
light loads. 
"Charles F. Munat" wrote:
> I think that part of the reason for our heated debates regarding graphics is
> a difference in the way we view accessibility. It seems to me that a
> prerequisite to ensuring accessibility on the Web is to understand what we
> mean by it. So here is my challenge:
> Who on this list can give a comprehensive definition for accessibility? What
> *exactly* does it mean? And accessibility for whom? To what?
> (With regard to the Web, of course).
> Perhaps by getting the differences in our fundamental views out in the open,
> we can begin to work toward a consensus as to what we are striving to
> achieve. That will give us a clear yardstick for measuring how well our
> guidelines help us to approach that ideal.
> Any takers for the defining accessibility challenge? Step right up and take
> a shot.
> Charles F. Munat,
> Seattle, Washington

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