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Re: Accessable Chat

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 07:09:08 -0500
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>, Christian Seus <cas@ichp.edu>
Cc: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <003901c1c69a$0d353aa0$068c3244@cp286066a>
and some attempts have been aimed at making irc more pictorially
available for these groups as well and the windows clients for irc have
become fairly visually oriented but still remain at least to a great
degree accessible to those not utillizing images.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
To: "Christian Seus" <cas@ichp.edu>
Cc: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2002 6:16 AM
Subject: Re: Accessable Chat

My very personal 2 cents worth:

I would be extremely unhappy about a health-care related system that was
inaccessible. If it were not possible to find an alternative I would, of
course undertstand.

Anyway, I think the most widely accessible chat system (except for
with significant intellectual disabilities, or difficulty typing and no
input systems - both groups who are not well-served by most existing
systems) is based on IRC - there are any number of clients, including
that work well with screen readers, some rudimentary attempts at
them to work well for various other users, and it is available on
every software platform.

Charles McCN

On Thu, 7 Mar 2002, Christian Seus wrote:

  I am looking for opinions and experiences on accessible chat rooms.

  I am in the market to purchase a chat program that could be used as an
added feature on mostly health care related websites.

  Is there an accessible chat program that is currently on the market?
Has anyone used accessible chat programs with a great ease of use?

  What would be your stance on a website that had a chat room that
wasn't accessible to all users?  Do you just not have chat?  Or would
you tolerate it?

  Thank you for your thoughts,


  Christian Seus

  Technology Specialist

  Division of Policy and Program Affairs

  Institute for Child Health Policy

  5700 SW 34th Street, Suite 323

  Gainesville, FL 32608

  Toll-Free (888) 433-1851

  Phone: (352) 392-5904 x.275

  Fax: (352) 392-8822

  E-mail: cas@ichp.edu

  Web: <www.ichp.edu>

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Charles McCathieNevile [mailto:charles@w3.org]
  Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 10:10 AM
  To: Access Systems
  Cc: WAI (E-mail)
  Subject: RE: GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible
to People Who Are Blind

  On Wed, 6 Mar 2002, Access Systems wrote:

    On Wed, 6 Mar 2002, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

    > ASCII text is not a solution that works. "ASCII art" - using text
    > and layout to represent graphic content - is an extremely poor
choice for
    > making graphics that can be presented to users of braille, or
people using

    wasn't suggesting that it be used for graphics, your right almost no
way a
    person using a braille or text to speech reader could understand it.

    that is where the alt tag is handy

  OK, so it seems we are in agreement on that bit.
  Bob also said
    I was pretty sure there was a text set for most languages, I have
seen the
    Japanese version
    there is no one single method that everyone can use, but there is a
    language that every computer can use and that is ASCII.

  OK, I think we are getting closer. ASCII is a way of encoding a
  set of characters - those used in American English. (Actually not all
  computers can use it - IBM computers used a different system for a
  time...) There are equivalent systems for other kinds of characters -
  Unicode (also called ISO-10646, or some other names) is the one most
  recommended because it includes almost all characters used today, some
  longer used, and some for only strange usages like the "klingon
  invented by fans of star trek. (In 64000 characters I guess the first
  people to add their own silly ideas get to have a bit of space. I
  have preferred Mayan, but there are probably more  speakers of



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