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Re: Fwd from CHI-WEB: Amazon's version for the Visually Impaired

From: SHARPE, Ian <Ian.SHARPE@cambridge.sema.slb.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 11:04:11 -0000
Message-ID: <FA94B04D5981D211B86800A0C9EA2841A3492A@cames1.sema.co.uk>
To: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Before I put a cat amongst the pigeons let me say that I personally
completely agree with everything that has been said regarding alternative
text-only or accessible sites by other list members and for the reasons
given. There is no reason why a well designed site can satisfy both camps.

However, consider a site created dynamically from XML using XSLT. If a site
happens to provide several XSL style sheets which present THE SAME data in
various ways, one being a text-only version for example, is this not simply
just offering ALL users the choice to view the information in a particular
way? In the past it has not been practical to do this but we are all
profiled and given the opportunity to personalize our pages on sites like
Altavista for example. Is this simply the next logical progression giving
the "customer" what they want? Obviously this doesn't apply to Amazon's
alternative site from previous comments but I would be interested to know
what other people feel about this approach? Am I dreaming?

Cheers
Ian




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