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RE: free/not free proprietary

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 18:01:41 -0500
To: "Nick Kew" <nick@midgard.webthing.com>, "Martin McCormick" <martin@dc.cis.okstate.edu>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBKJDAKKEJDCICIODLGEDCEEAA.jim@jimthatcher.com>
Nick, OK, I'll correct you:

"For blind users, any kind of GUI would seem particularly pointless
(correct me if I'm wrong:-)."

Far from pointless, the GUI offers standardized application controls,
leaving the problem of access to the "client area" of applications to the
ingenuity of screen reader developers. With text based applications every
application had to be specifically "scripted" or "profiled" in order to work
at all.

It is not a done deal for screen readers today because applications use
non-standard controls without appropriately taking care of that. And of
course the work areas of applications can be a disaster, but it is a lot
better than the text based world as we knew it when OS/2 and Windows came
onto the scene.

Jim
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To: Martin McCormick
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Subject: Re: free/not free proprietary



On Thu, 2 May 2002, Martin McCormick wrote:

> 	I agree.  Put simply, there is not presently a browser
> that works with script for UNIX users who do not use X windows.
> Making X windows accessible is a huge order.
>
> 	The minimum functionality should be a browser engine that
> can at least follow all links and call auxiliary programs to
> handle content that the browser can not display as text.

For blind users, any kind of GUI would seem particularly pointless
(correct me if I'm wrong:-).  So a commandline-based system with,
for example, Lynx+Pine+Speech would be an ideal way of getting
online.  That is to say, subject to accessibility considerations.

One of the goals of my accessibility proxy proposal is a javascript
engine that will deal with scripting-based links on behalf of users,
whether of Lynx or of any other browser without scripting, or
anyone in a security-conscious environment.

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Nick Kew
Received on Thursday, 2 May 2002 19:04:22 GMT

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