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Re: Assistive Technologies and HTTPS

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 10:47:38 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Larry G. Hull" <Larry.G.Hull@gsfc.nasa.gov>
cc: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>, "WAI (w3c-wai-ig@w3.org)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0210261044120.17159-100000@tux.w3.org>

That's not the assistive technology, that's the basic user agent. There are a
couple of other user agents around that don't support https (more exactly the
Secure Socket Layer or SSL method of making an HTTP session secure, usually
indicated by calling the URI https), but most assistive technoogies don't
handle the HTTP transactions anyway - they just deal with the results.

There are versions of lynx around taht support https (and have been for a
couple  of years - ever since the US government decided that an algorithm
isn't really a dangerous weapon and that it was OK for people to export
applications of it it has been a lot easier).

That  said, I am not sure where to get an up-to-date copy of Lynx for MacOS 9
- although for OS X the fink packaging system provides an easy way to find
and install lynx or links enabled for https.



On Fri, 25 Oct 2002, Larry G. Hull wrote:

>I don't know about other products or technologies but my copy of
>MacLynx doesn't support https.
>At 11:34 AM -0400 10/25/02, RUST Randal wrote:
>>Are there any restrictions for assistive technologies regarding HTTPS?
>>Randal Rust
>>Covansys, Inc.
>>Columbus, OH

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