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Re: Rockville, MD- Seeking low vision users for testing federal website

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 14:30:54 -0500
To: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>, ghoshab@mail.nih.gov
Cc: wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <002c01c2a602$d69d8cb0$6501a8c0@handsontech>

but if you read the message carefully, you will see that it is being
built to 508 specifications and that this only part of ensuring
accessibility/usability.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Kew" <nick@webthing.com>
To: <ghoshab@mail.nih.gov>
Cc: "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 1:41 PM
Subject: Re: Rockville, MD- Seeking low vision users for testing federal
website



On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, David Poehlman wrote:

> Hello, my name is Abhijit Ghosh. I currently work at the National
Cancer
> Institute in the Communication Technologies Branch. As part of the 508
> initiative, we are looking to test our website with low vision to no
> vision users using JAWS, Window-Eyes, and in the future Screen
> magnifying software.

As others have mentioned, this is not the right approach to testing
website accessibility.  At best it tests one narrowly-defined aspect
of accessibility; at worst it risks reinforcing any bad practices
you may have - such as authoring to browser behaviour at the expense
of presenting the website contents clearly.

Both JAWS and Window-Eyes deal with one particular disability.
Both are themselves inaccessible to many users, by virtue of cost
and the prerequisites required to install them.

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Nick Kew
Received on Tuesday, 17 December 2002 14:31:56 GMT

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