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RE: Tech, Condem, and Inform (Was: Re: OT (slightly): Salt Lake '02 Web master: Inaccessible site)

From: Paul Davis <paul@ten-20.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 17:10:13 -0000
To: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>, <tina@elfi.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000101c16165$bd099ec0$0200a8c0@paul2>
Hey folks,

I cloud issues and muddy up the water just to get reactions, but this is
real muddy even by my standards.

"also one of my pet peeves is that many many of these people are ignoring
the "World Wide" part of the web.  many places in the world especially the
third world keeping an 8086 running and getting service via a 1200baud
dial up modem IS INDEED state of the art.  I work with some disabled folks
in Central America.  the independent living center was just able to
"upgrade" to an "Apple II" computer system and I think they are getting an
original MAC if things work out.  I tried giving them my old 486 but they
weren't able to use it because it exceeded the ability of the rest of
their systems to handle.  power systems in the country are not stable nor
are the phone lines even digital. many are still analog and use operators
to complete calls"

What we have here whilst a valid point, is another issue namely 'digital
divide' It is impossible to make the internet accessible to all. However
some of your points could raise bandwidth issues.

I have complained in the past that www stretches from east to west coasts'
plus that other bit called Acidrainia formerly known as the world. I do not
feel that is the case today. I think everyone is very aware www is world
wide, besides if any one individual dominates his name is Anarchy, he rules
the web, always has, always will. There are too many individuals for any one
identity to dominate the internet, but lets face it MS does have most of the
operating systems out there, I can see that just by looking at my site
stats. Oh anyone tried opera recently?

I feel numbers rule on this point, 100% of the internet is inaccessible to
my mum, but then she thinks I sit all day at a microwave . Do I then design
with her in mind? How do you design for deaf and blind people? There are
more of those than doctors half way up mountains. Braille monitors??? now
there is an idea.

Do not get me wrong here, I am very, very positive on accessibility. The
issue is to get the message across to people, especially to those who should
know better.

so sayth Pooh, off for me jar of hunny.

by the way just stopped the spell checker altering the subject!!!!!!!
Received on Tuesday, 30 October 2001 12:06:34 GMT

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