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

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@sonic.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 11:52:30 -0800
Message-Id: <200112151952.fBFJqUYO017221@newbolt.sonic.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

The phrase "multiple serve" is not very clear since there are a number
of interpretations depending on various aspects.

While some people consider multiple versions of a web page to be a cop out,
other people consider it to be a reasonable use of technology to
accomodate the needs of varying types of users.  Since the text that
I've quoted before is a consensus item, it would seem that the guidelines
group see providing multiple versions of the same page as a reasonable
use to technology in addressing the needs of a variety of people.

Going back to universal design, a common approach is to provide both
ramps and stairs so people can have their choice.  Providing multiple
versions of a web page would be consistant with that approach.

From a technology point of view, it is probably often easier to
offer different versions of a web page rather than trying to get
everything in one page.  Different versions helps to reduce the conflicts
that can arise in a single version.

The web, like much of technology, is evolving.  While some people may wish
the web was more fixed, other people look at the initial web as being
the seed from which newer aspects have sprung.  If guidelines are developed
with the goal of holding back development of technology, they have a
good chance of being signored or seen as irrelevant, unless there is
some regulatory obligation.


PS  It would be helpful if you indicated which particular Trace documents
you think I should be aware of.  I'm familiar with a number of them.

> multiple serve means two things.  it means the same site served in
> multiple ways depending on the server/client communication / a user
> choice as presented or a non parallel site non parallel meaning that all
> the sites are developped independantly using different emphasis such as
> one flashy, one text only and one not flashy with everything else but
> accessible to those not requiring a text only site of which there are
> few to none.
> the last one is over used.  it is the cop out that many sites have
> because of time or resources or know how or whatever to making a site
> "accessible" that doesn't have to have a separate site.  it can be a
> legitimate way of doing things but if possible, it should be done either
> via user choice or via synchronous means.
> As I and others on this list have said many times before, the web is not
> tv, it is not news paper or a magazine and not even a book but it is
> composed at its best a set of hyper text which means that documents are
> linked to one another in a hyper/independant way such that one can be
> presented with the material but be able to order that material to her
> liking.  I know we will have to live with the evolution of the "web" but
> it is precisely that "evolution" that is causing so many of the problems
> we face today.  The other thing the "web" does is provide lots of
> connectivity to different things and ways of interfacing with them.  I
> like forms for instance because they can be quite useful as a means of
> interacting with components of the web and with the individuals who have
> something to provide through the web whether it be different content, a
> different set of documents or a product shipped to your door.  This and
> more can be done in web style if only we view the web as the web and not
> as something else.
> I am beginning to think that we need something for the web such as that
> which is being done with pedestrians vs motorists and sidewalks.
> Standards are now being developped that will make pedestrian travel
> easier and they include considerations of all forms of pedestrian travel
> whether with a cane, a guide dog or a wheel chair.  This though is
> somewhat what the wcag tried and is still trying to do.  There are other
> documents either finished or in progress at the wai which attempt to
> build on the work of wcag in accomplishing the same thing.
> Again, I urge you to read the documents at trace.
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