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The number one reason for accessibility

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 18:49:39 -0400 (EDT)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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ArsTechnica goes farther than most commentators:

<http://arstechnica.com/reviews/02q3/mozilla.1/moz-2.html>

<quoth>
The number one reason to stick to modern standards is accessibility.
The days of using only a PC to view web content are long gone, with
more and more people are accessing information from PDAs, cell
phones, and (soon to be) their refrigerator. More importantly, many
visitors don't "experience" the internet quite the same way as the
majority, relying on screen readers and other accessibility tools to
interpret and provide them with the information contained in web
documents.
</quoth>

Generally one hears calls for standards compliance to achieve
"forward compatibility," reduce development time, and other
developer- or technology-specific reasons. You don't often find
hardcore weenies saying *the* reason to comply with standards is
accessibility.

Now, one could in fact dispute the assertion, but it's nice that
someone from outside our little gene pool is making it.

-- 
        Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org
        Accessibility articles, resources, and critiques:
        <http://joeclark.org/access/>
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