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RE: Democracy

From: Michael R. Burks <mburks952@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 01:01:41 -0400
To: "Ineke van der Maat" <inekemaa@xs4all.nl>, "Nouiouat, Athmane" <athmane.nouiouat@sap.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NEBBJFEIALPLCLHAPJAIIEOPDDAA.mburks952@worldnet.att.net>
Seems to me this is called Universal Design.


Mike Burks
  -----Original Message-----
  From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Ineke van der Maat
  Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 12:59 AM
  To: Nouiouat, Athmane; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  Subject: Democracy

  Hallo Athmane,

  As webdesigner and also as  one of the founders of the green party in the
Netherlands I am already very interested in  your  book.
  Can you explain me what the difference is between  a liberal and  a
conservative website?
  Till now the western industries make people dependent on their
  It's better to offer your knowledge about that technology so that people
have really a free choice and can apply it themselves to their own wishes.
  That is in my  opinion the only manner to offer democratic options. Or was
that what you meant to say?

  Kind regards from the Netherlands
  Ineke van der Maat

  Without getting in the  details, I was trying to make a
  philosophical point about:
  1- the Design of Sites should be based on  all possible types of users out
there thus the concept
  of User Classes, from the most liberal to the most conservative styles
  (isn't that democracy!).
  I believe we will be more successfull by giving choices as opposed to
  mandating options.
  2- Who are we to mandate to 6 Billion people how to design or what to put
in their Web sites? Why
  not provide all, technically possible, options through the technology and
  let people  (the users,
  designers, etc) choose.  I could probably write a book about this! Take

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