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Re: Minimal Browser Capabilities

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 20:12:09 -0500 (EST)
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
cc: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>, WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0112262005060.11749-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Wed, 26 Dec 2001, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

> At 6:27 PM -0500 12/26/01, Access Systems wrote:
> >   A disabled person in Central America, Central Africa, many parts of
> >Asia, even the South Pole have very limited access to the web and must get
> >as much as possible under very difficult situations.  We can not design
> >out persons who may not be able to get the latest or faster OS and memory
> >or computers or even phone lines.
> Right, and that's why those people should have access to a text-only
> browser that supports HTML 4.01, CSS, XHTML, XML, DOM, ECMAscript,
> SVG, and more.

but they don't and no one is running out to buy it for them. so what is
"desirable" and what exists is significantly different.  asking a person
in xxxx to go out and buy or even download a free browser that may or may
not work on the antique they run is not realistic.

> The solution isn't to say, "well, it's okay for those people to
> continue to have limited access to the web!" nor is it okay to say
> "we'll have to limit everyone else's access to the web!"  The solution
> is to say, "this is what a browser _should_ support," list those items,
> realize that it's NOT set in stone (unlike some people who believe that
> 1996's HTML is all we need!), and then encourage work on browsers to
> meet those targets.

even the most advanced website using all the bells and whistles avaliable
SHOULD be able to without user input, degrade to a very simple system
readable by the most archaic browser in use. 
  and believe me, 1996 HTML is a dream to many users. some would consider
it an improvement to get a computer with enough memory to run Win 3.1!!!

  these people have a right to use the World Wide Web TOO!

saying "they should have" whatever doesn't get them "what they should
have" and/or a computer that will even be able to run what "they should
have"   personally consider a baseline, a computer without a hard drive
running on floppies and containing 640mb of RAM. Lynx will run on that
machine.  what else will??


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