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Re: MSN web site inaccessible to competing browsers

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 15:05:31 -0500 (EST)
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
cc: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0110291502580.852-100000@tux.w3.org>
No, they should be given access to what they can get. And they should get a
message with it explaining why they are not getting good access.

Blocking access to information is generally a bad thing, as many users are
not in a position to upgrade every time an upgrade is avilable. Which does
not excuse them of the responsibility, nor their adminstrators of realising
that it is important.


On Sun, 28 Oct 2001, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

  But were they right in theory if not practice?  The Web Standards
  Project (www.webstandards.org) has this campaign to put something
  on your web site telling people using "broken browsers" to upgrade
  to something more standards compliant.  Is that the right approach
  to take for accessibility's sake?

  Should someone using a "broken" assistive technology program which
  doesn't follow the standards closely enough be denied access?



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