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

From: Shashank Tripathi <sub@shanx.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 00:48:06 +0900
To: "'Andrew McFarland'" <andrew.mcfarland@unite.net>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001501c26e18$ef7a8610$0200a8c0@SHASHANK>

    | There is an important difference between print and the web.
    | 


I am sure there are many, but as an informational communication medium,
I fail to see the difference especially within the context of
"discrimination". 


    | For printed matter, if you increase the size of the text 
    | you increase the 
    | cost of the paper, 


Ditto for the web, because you would need some additional effort
(however significant, or not, that may be) to maintain a website that
caters to different groups. The number of groups of people based on
certain characteristics, handicaps for instance, is limitless. 

Failure to cater to a certain group does not and should not be construed
as discrimination. My point is not to discourage the implementation of
accessible websites, just that we need to draw the line somewhere for
how much can be said against the failure to do so. 


    | and you make it more difficult for eg 
    | people with 
    | arthritis to use the paper.


There would be different copies of the paper, just like versions of a
website. The arthritis folk would buy and read the version that suited
them best. So this argument does not hold water. 

Shanx
Received on Monday, 7 October 2002 11:48:23 GMT

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