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RE: final report of the Web-Based Education Commission

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 11:58:45 +0100
To: "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBLCBLIMDOPKMOPHLHIECEDGAA.jon@spinsol.com>
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> take the extra time to make the report accessible.  I personally
> hate PDF files, they are hard for me to read and to navigate.  I
> find it incredibly contemptuous of this commission to post the
> report in this format alone.  

I've never understood the attraction of PDF.
I am sighted (near 20-20 with glasses) have a good monitor, have good
muscular control of the mouse (enough to hold my own in a game of
Quake) and keyboard (touch-typist), and I still find PDFs to be
inaccessible!
Sure they print out nicely compared to many other formats, but they
are a pain to read online and the files are quite often coffee-files
(A file which gives you time to make a fresh pot of coffee while it
downloads).

In most cases the choice of PDF is just a plain bad decision before
you even begin to think about accessibility issues.

(Yes, there are times when PDF is suitable, I'm not looking for a
flame war :)

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