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

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@sonic.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 17:30:38 -0800
Message-Id: <200112150130.fBF1UcuH016195@newbolt.sonic.net>
To: phoenixl@sonic.net, poehlman1@home.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi,

Again, just to make sure we have the same understanding, by "one delivery",
do mean the one URL or do you mean "one set of HTML code"?  My interpretation
of the consensus item is a single URL which will send send different
versions of HTML code.

Does universal design for a web page mean "one size fits all"?  Or does
universal design mean that everyone's needs are addressed?  Which is
more important?

I also believe that it is important to start with the user understanding
his/her characteristics, abilities and needs.

Scott


> my preference is that the content be developped in such a way and
> delivered in such a way as to benefit all with one delivery.  That is
> what I consider to be the end result of the universal design process in
> this case.  Are we there?  In some ways, yes.  Will we ever get there?
> I doubt it so we need to do complicated things like have software built
> that reduces the functional limitations to the web by redistributing the
> information based on some amount of hopefully correct enterpretation of
> that which is percented or a complex solution that has a server looking
> at everyone coming down the pipe to determine the best fit for the data
> with that user agent and any number of other stragegies.  If you want to
> carry this universal design process to its logical conclusion, you start
> with the user and work outward to what is being delivered and that
> includes rethinking the design of the very system that in many cases
> causes some of the most difficult functional limitations to occur.
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