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Re: WA - background-image in CSS

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 22:25:26 -0500 (EST)
To: "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0201182221530.20605-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Fri, 18 Jan 2002, Charles F. Munat wrote:

> Jon Hanna wrote:
> 
> > There are plenty of books, magazines, webpages etc. with poems by
> > Benjamin Zephaniah but all of these fail to have the impact of an
> > audio track given the oral tradition on which his work relies. If I
> > provide an audio track of Zephaniah then I should give a text-only
> > version as well - but I can't hope to give the same content that you
> > get when you hear him recite.

and there is a poet who does his work in sign language and it really
cannot be translated effectively, BUT if I put a video clip of his work on
my web site I better do my best to get a sense of what is being presented.

> If a deaf person goes to a restaurant to eat, she should be seated the 
> same way any other customer would be seated. Her deafness should not 
> enter into the equation.

yup.

> Really, it is all about being treated as an equal. When I come to a web 
> site, I should not get special treatment because I can hear, or because 
> I can see, or because I can read. If a background image, or other 
> images, or background music, or anything else conveys information to me, 
> that same information should be available to those who cannot see or 
> hear it -- to the extent possible given the limitations of physiology 
> and technology.
> 
> Will the deaf user get the same experience? Of course not. But guess 
> what! My brother won't get the same experience as I, nor will you. It's 
> not about what people take away from the site. It's about what is 
> *available* for them to take from it.

probably about as well said as possible

Bob

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