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Re: Time and Accessibility (RE: was Testing web page accessibility by phone

From: phoenixl <phoenixl@sonic.net>
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 20:26:04 -0700
Message-Id: <200205300326.g4U3Q43n012170@newbolt.sonic.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org


The issue of limitis is tricky.  I also believe that achievability plays
a role too.  For example, can Mount Everest be considered accessible?
If a significant amount of the US fiscal resources were made available,
Mount Everest could probably be made accessible.

As near as I can tell, there really hasn't been much research into what
aspects of a web page can increase the amount of time needed for blind
subjects to use web pages.  Some improvements might actually be quite easy.


> By taking an ad absurdum example it's easy to show that time is an
> accessibility issue - would you consider a wheelchair user travelling 20
> miles under his or her own steam to be an equally accessible form of
> transportation to a wheelchair-enabled bus?
> One of the problems with time (and also effort, concentration, and other
> requirements that can increase when one is making use of an accessibility
> feature), is that it is hard to measure in a way that will be valid for all
> users, and hard to decide on clear limits for (how slow does something have
> to be before it really affects accessibility?). This is unsatisfying for
> those of us who attempt to come up with solutions, mainly technical, to
> these problems.
Received on Wednesday, 29 May 2002 23:26:40 UTC

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