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

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 12:25:41 -0500 (EST)
To: Paul Davis <paul@ten-20.com>
cc: tina@elfi.org, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0110301224500.2289-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Tue, 30 Oct 2001, Paul Davis wrote:

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

no the same things that solve many problems for PWD also allows basic
access to everyone.   

> "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!!!!!!!

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