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Re: Making the Suits "get it" (Was RE: Media - Suit Over Airlines' Web Sites Tests Bounds of ADA)

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 09:42:51 -0400 (EDT)
To: John Foliot - bytown internet <foliot@bytowninternet.com>
cc: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>, "'Nissen, Dan E'" <Dan.Nissen@UNISYS.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0210080936050.26478-100000@smarty.smart.net>

On Tue, 8 Oct 2002, John Foliot - bytown internet wrote:

> > Oftentimes when trying to promote accessibility, I think that it
> > eliminate the disabled user from the equation, and to focus on
> > the user with
> > the alternate browser.  When you're talking about marketing and profit
> 
> Randal hit a key point here... accessibility is more than just the disabled
> community, and the sooner we can sell THAT message the sooner the suits will
> "get it".

here here!

> I do regular information/training sessions on accessible web design, and as
> part of those sessions I review the client's site in Lynx (get the real deal
> at http://lynx.isc.org/release/).  Often I am asked "yes, but who uses Lynx
> anyway and why?".  While I explain that there is in fact a definite user
> group (visually impaired, Linux weenies, users under extreme conditions ,

and those who have to process a LOT of information in a limited amount of
time, only a full text mode can keep up with a speed reader, or someone
who has to scan a lot of things fast.

> and others...), I explain that it also allows me to ensure that it is
> available to alternative browsers such as Cellular phones and PDAs.  At that
> point I "unveil" a small WAP emulator I have previously opened and loaded
> 
> There are a number of WAP emulators available on the web, I am currently
> using the Deck-It emulator available at http://www.pyweb.com/tools/.
> (available as Windows or Linux apps)

hmmmmm, have to try that, thanks

Bob


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