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

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 13:22:45 -0800
Message-Id: <200112142122.fBELMjxX001790@newbolt.sonic.net>
To: harrry@email.com, phoenixl@sonic.net, SMCCAFFR@MAIL.NYSED.GOV, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

I think using universal design as a starting point when designing
web pages (and probably many things) is pretty reasonable.  If I
were to jot down the steps in some approximation of the design algorithm
I generally use, they would be something like:

    1.  identify general purpose of web page / site

    2.  identify various types of users

    3.  identify the various characteristics and needs of each type
        of user.  (be careful to differentiate between no characteristic
	and a characteristic which is null.)

    4.  for each group of users, identify approaches which can be
        used by users in the group to meet their needs given their
	characteristics.  (here's where the creativity in pushing bounds
	and coming up with original solutions can come into play)

    5.  review the various solutions to see if they can be applied to
        other groups of users of the web page / site

    6.  review the approaches to see if there are any conflicts

    7.  if there are no conflicts and everyone's needs are met, you're home
        free with a universally designed web page / site.

    8.  if there are conflicts or not everyone's needs are met, you may
        have to move away from the trying to design universally (i.e. think
	outside of universal design).

This is just a rough approximation.


> Hi
>      Well, that's just it.  Early design decisions can turn what is inherently not a zero sum game into one that is.
> Why not take the principles of universal design into account so that the zero sum situation does not arise?
> I am not saying categorically that zero sum games never arise, but that in social systems at least, I think human decisions can influence whether some system is or is not zero sum or to what degree.  It is not given, fixed, out of our control.
> Access to fresh water may be a fixed zero sum game, but that's for an ecology list...
> Steve
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