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Re: Alternative Interfaces for Accessibility

From: phoenixl <phoenixl@sonic.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 10:46:45 -0700
Message-Id: <200304091746.h39Hkjw5010801@bolt.sonic.net>
To: Larry.G.Hull@nasa.gov, phoenixl@sonic.net
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi, Larry

I think he might have been more accurate if he had said something about the
interface being designed which supported the presentation and navigation
of linear text.

Scott

> Scott,
> 
> I'm willing to cut Jakob a bit of slack for thinking outside the box.
> 
> However, while not totally disagreeing, I find a bit too simplistic 
> Jakob's premise, "An interface for blind users, for example, should 
> be designed for auditory presentation."
> 
> Not all blind people use screen readers. I'm told by those with a 
> hearing loss ranging from moderate to severe that they find auditory 
> output difficult or impossible to use. Obviously this includes the 
> deaf-blind like Hellen Keller. These individuals use a Braille 
> terminal as their primary or only tool.
> 
> Jakob himself admits, "Of course, the approach I advocate here is 
> overly Utopian." However, he is focusing on business not user needs.
> 
> Larry
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