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Re: How accessible is Netscape?

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 14:16:55 -0400
Message-ID: <009d01c103ec$580b8640$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: "Martha Wilkes" <Martha.Wilkes@sas.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hello Martha and all,

I've used Netscape in the past and in its day before ie became
accessible and the assistive technologies became a better fit for it and
vice versa, due in part at least, to the introduction of and
improvements in Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA).

I would hope but cannot provide an official response on this that the
most accessible choice would rule the roost and that choices where
possible are allowed whatever that choice needs to be at any given time.
As netscape continues to move in its current direction, it seems to be
more and more difficult for assistive technologies to support.  I
stopped using it when 6 came out.  I also found that for me at least
that even though I could stick with an older version, more and more
pages were making a better fit with ie but that is another matter.

Lastly, to make matters more complicated, I understand that it is not
always just a matter of subbing one browser for another but that there
network infrastructure considerations that may make this not possible or
practical so as someone asked me and I now ask here, How much resource
is too much.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Martha Wilkes" <Martha.Wilkes@sas.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 1:57 PM
Subject: How accessible is Netscape?

The task of getting any web page to behave consistently across browsers
is incredibly difficult already, as all the web designers and developers
on the list are well aware. What does accessibility add to the equation?
This issue came up in terms of testing for 508 compliance. How much
should we focus on Netscape?

Many of our customers use Netscape exclusively, and we were wondering if
those customers (many of which are government agencies, universities,
etc.) will be able to meet accessibility guidelines if they use only
Netscape. The greater question: will their users be able to choose the
technology that best suits them (which just might be IE for certain
users, correct?), regardless of the agency's purchasing agreements?

I have not had much luck finding out any information on Netscape's web
site. Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.


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