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From: Jan Eric Hellbusch <hellbusch@web.de>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 21:09:25 +0100
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If I think about how many people dependant on screen readers use Netscape 4,
there are none I know. Most use Microsoft, quite a few DOS-based Lynx and
the odd other Opera. Can’t say anything about Linux or Mac-Systems, though.

Can anyone say anything about Netscape 4’s futur? I’m having layout problems
with the NS4 browser, always assuming that within due course Netscape 6
would "take over", but I still have 10% Netscape 4 visitors, some
complaining. Quite frankly I find it rather bothersome that Netscape 4 is
still considered a worthwhile browser for making a "special" layout. Are my
10% (slowly) receding NS4 users average?

I do not consider NS4 an accessibility issue, although strictly speaking it
is. I rather see it as a technology issue which only time will be able to
deal with. Accessibility should start from the question "What rendering
software do people with special needs use?" The answer will not include
Netscape 4.

Jan



> But my question would be "how many users with disabilities which
> make <label> useful " -- which primarily means blind or visually
> impaired users -- "are using Netscape 4 anyway?"
Received on Monday, 14 January 2002 15:03:49 GMT

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