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Re: Are Accessibility Standards Impeding Progress on the Web?

From: C.Bottelier <c.bottelier@ITsec.nl>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 16:05:16 +0200
Message-ID: <3D66411C.DFABFB@ITsec.nl>
To: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
CC: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Jon Hanna wrote:
> 
> I'm sorry to be blunt but this isn't a question of accessibility, it's a
> question of realism.
> 
> You can use javascript to store information about what has already occurred
> and to reduce network traffic in a manner for which you will be able to find
> a complying enabling tool for just about every disability the user might
> have. In a closed-environment situation I'd probably recommend doing just
> that.
>
> What you can't do is use it and expect it to work in every tool in the real
> world, or across every firewall and this has nothing to do with
> accessibility in the narrower sense. Expecting it to work in the wild is
> na´ve to the point of lotus-eating. Blaming accessibility standards because
> they point out this fact is childish.

I think Its partialy correct. Not using JavaScript is more an
is-it-supported
and a security question than an accessibiliy isue. However with
client-side
scripting thinks an be done to make a page inaccessible. Think of a
scrolling
page title, altering the colours continuesly, chaning a font from large
to small
in a loop. Without client-side-scripting it is't possible to do.

The cookies have nothing to do with accessible to disabled people. Its
onlyy
a support and even more a security thing.

> The whole web-companies-can't-afford-to-do-their-job thing is just FUD.
100% agreement on this. Also author saying it a too large strain on
their
servers to do it server-side are missing the point. The client-side is
an
extremely hostile environment so the server-side has still to do alot.
Only the network interface could frm a bottle-neck, but it either
indicates
theyre handling the data incorrectly (to much overhead) or the nework
is not suited for the application.

Christian Bottelier
Received on Friday, 23 August 2002 10:05:30 GMT

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