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

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 08:00:18 -0400
To: phoenixl <phoenixl@sonic.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <004901c207d1$91367620$91e03244@DAVIDPOEHLMAN>

so what are gw micro and freedomscientific and dolfin and others doing
spinning their wheels then?  Why is it that our capability grows with
each new release?  This is not a blind thing.

----- Original Message -----
From: "phoenixl" <phoenixl@sonic.net>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:26 PM
Subject: Re: Time and Accessibility (RE: was Testing web page
accessibility by phone


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


> By taking an ad absurdum example it's easy to show that time is an
> accessibility issue - would you consider a wheelchair user travelling
> 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
> requirements that can increase when one is making use of an
> 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
> to be before it really affects accessibility?). This is unsatisfying
> those of us who attempt to come up with solutions, mainly technical,
> these problems.
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