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RE: Media - Suit Over Airlines' Web Sites Tests Bounds of ADA

From: Andrew McFarland <andrew.mcfarland@unite.net>
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 15:33:41 +0100
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At 23:23 07/10/2002 +0900, Shashank Tripathi wrote:
>Wonder why no one has ever sued NYT or IHT for the small print in their
>newspapers though. Suddenly, the Internet and all the usability and
>accessibility jazz that is bandied about has encouraged every Joe with a
>handicap and his dog to scrounge for some sympathy. But suing is
>ridiculous.

There is an important difference between print and the web.

For printed matter, if you increase the size of the text you increase the 
cost of the paper, and you make it more difficult for eg people with 
arthritis to use the paper.

A well designed website can be used by both groups - the need-big-type 
people and the need-easy-to-hold people. It can even be used by someone who 
falls into both groups.

Andrew

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Received on Monday, 7 October 2002 10:38:10 GMT

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