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Re: Disability Type Analysis of WCAG 1.0

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 10:48:37 -0400 (EDT)
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0108241042280.23565-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Fri, 24 Aug 2001, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

> On a thread on the WCAG working group mailing list, I raised the issue of
> the state of Texas interpreting WCAG 1.0 as being guidelines for access
> by people with visual disabilities (thread:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2001JulSep/0664.html
> Texas policy: http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/S201-12.htm).
> The concern is that needs of people with disabilities who are _not_
> blind may be forgotten by those making policies or interpreting the
> WCAG guidelines.

another group that is almost always ignored.

many people with attention def disorders (including some with
Epilepsy) must or should avoid the "Confusion" of a graphics site the
blinking and flashing and poping up and all the "Stuff" on the screen make
it difficult or impossible to use.  a simple B&W text screen is fully
usable but throw in colors and movement etc and the site becomes just a
"confused mess" or even worse could cause an epeleptic or other type of

> But it also raises an intriguing question -- are the guidelines slanted
> toward championing the needs of certain disability types over other
> types of disabilities?  (Yes, I know some of you believe this already,
> hi Anne.)

sure this is always the case, that which is understood and has a vocal
support group gets the most attention (squeaky wheel syndrome)

> VS. DISABILITY FLAMEWARS.  We are all on the same team here, even if we
> represent different types of audiences, so let's not assume any malice
> is at work in the way WCAG 1.0 was written.

no I found it quite interesting
most important is to find a standard or system that will work for most if
not all users.


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