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Re: JavaScript and Accessibility

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 09:46:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
cc: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0306120941310.23168-100000@smarty.smart.net>

On Thu, 12 Jun 2003, David Poehlman wrote:

> Also, 508 is for the us government and others as stipulated or who will and

but serves as a "guidance" for other non governmental sites for serving
As many people as possible on the web 

> As to why people use the browsers they do, I am not certain that there is a
> version of ie for unix/linux and if there is, I doubt it is accessible since
> for windows, it requires msaa and there is no msaa nor should there be for
> linux/unix.  Beyond that though, there are many people disabled and non
> disabled alike who for one reason or another use one user agent or another
> and cannot or should not use another.  I agree that if it is a matter of
> personal preference, that it comes with responsibility.  There is nothing
> more tragic though for a technology user who is forced due to one set of
> circumstances or another to use a certain user agent and gets called names
> by web sites when that user tries to access them.

and Jasper says
> 
> WAICAG, checkpoint 6.3 [priority 1], tells us that a web page should be
> usable if the user agent has turned the script object off or does not
> support it, e.g. JavaScript.
> 
> I try to live up to this guideline, not because of the guideline, but
> because it gives me a nice feeling of BEST PRACTICE, of having a sound and
> solid foundation to build on.
> 
> But I would like to know if it actually benefits anybody:
> 
> 1) Do we have any users with disabilities that have to use a user agent not
> supporting JavaScript?

most users who have to pay for software out of  their own pockets and
don't have deep pockets or for other reasons use non proprietary software
such as "emacspeak"

> 2) Why do some people want to use a no-JavaScript browser like Lynx?

fast, robust, fast, easy to use, fast, no eyecandy, fast, limits popups
and popunders, fast, clean easy to read, oh yeah and it is fast on slow
dial up lines

Bob

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