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RE: Personalisation - your thoughts please

From: Simon White <simon.white@jkd.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 14:09:57 +0100
Message-ID: <FDFC0668A850D246BC4231715D94904E0CD952@uranus.jkd.co.uk>
To: "Kjetil Kjernsmo" <kjernsmo@blindeforbundet.no>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To clarify further, the site would be triple-A accessible and follow every single WCAG guideline to the letter. However, if a user found the need to make the site run quicker if it was delivering content that sat perfectly with their Assistive Tech, would this be a better thing? It is almost to the extent that a deaf user could ensure that any content is automatically rendered for their browser and AT and enable them to use it in an easier manner, is this a good thing or does the WCAG checklists cover all this and personalisation is irrelevant?

A further application would be to deliver content that is applicable to their particular disability. The idea is that the majority of users (over 90%) would be disabled users and that the site is tailored to this group in the same way that an ASP developer can find sites that deal only in ASP.

I hope that this clears up any confusion.

Thanks for the comments, please keep them rolling in as they are very much appreciated.

Kind regards


-----Original Message-----
From: Kjetil Kjernsmo [mailto:kjernsmo@blindeforbundet.no]
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2002 14:03
To: Simon White; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Personalisation - your thoughts please

On Friday 19 April 2002 14:05, Simon White wrote:
> Dear All,
> What do people think about an idea of a website offering the ability
> to personalise the site dependent upon a person's disability. This
> would be an option rather than a rule and could enable a blind person
> to have content delivered to them that is displayed to suit their
> requirements (be that for their disability or the assistive
> technology they use). If pesonalisation was not required then content
> would be delivered as if it were an accessible Web page.

It is my opinion that _everbody_ would benefit greatly if WCAG were 
followed by as many sites as possible, not only those with disabilities 
(and I think that W3C WAI made a significant mistake in marketing this 
as something that was mostly for people with disabilities).
The main thing with accessibility is that it enables people do so many 
different things with pages than just the narrow "view them on a 

Therefore, I think that a site should be highly accessible by default. 
Even triple-A. Then, visitors could personalise a site by adding bells 
and whistles to suit them.

After all, do you think people could personalise your site if they can't 
find it accessible when they first enter?


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