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Re: How accessible is Netscape?

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 21:26:04 -0700
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To: Aaron Leventhal <aaronl@chorus.net>
Cc: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>, Martha Wilkes <Martha.Wilkes@sas.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 09:16 PM 7/3/2001 , Aaron Leventhal wrote:
>We have been working on several fronts, especially:
>- Keyboard accessibility - this benefits everyone

How is Netscape planning to implement ACCESSKEY?  I've yet to see
a really -good- way of doing this, in -any- browser. :<

>- MSAA support, so that we can work with screen readers, voice dictation packages and other 3rd party accessibility solutions in Windows

This is good to hear.  I was getting worried (from talking to someone
else at Netscape) that MSAA was considered unimportant since "it's a
Microsoft API."

>- Appearances preferences, such as font size, zooming and colors

Hopefully using user-defined CSS behind the scenes?  (My dream browser
maintains a user.css file with as many settings as possible stored
in CSS, but maintained via a normal 'preferences' interface, thus
making the browser, in effect, a mini CSS editor.  Also necessary is
a way for the user to quickly and easily install and manage multiple
CSS files.  Tell me this is what you have planned and I will be a
happy man.)

Also, if you want to make me EXTRA happy, Aaron, tell me that someone
at Netscape is working on using CC/PP as a way of storing and eventually
transmitting user preferences and settings (in a manner consistent with
the user's privacy settings, of course) to CC/PP-aware browsers.  If
I can hear that from Netscape then all the sins of Netscape 4 will
be forgiven. :)  [And hey if you need someone from outside to come and
preach the wonders of CC/PP...]


Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
Technical Developer Liaison
Reef North America
Accessibility - W3C - Integrator Network
Tel +1 949-567-7006
Received on Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:26:57 UTC

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