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Re: Amazon Access

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 14:02:08 -0500 (EST)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSO.4.40.0302241348450.21096-100000@ns1.seeto.com>

> Yes, it is absolutely reasonable for a first time visitor to think this.
>
> No, it is not reasonable for the accessibility community to demand this.

A rather absurd statement.

> So, once again for the gang:
>
> The user gets the same 181 books in either case.

That's excellent news. What is old news, however, is that the Amazon
Access experiment is an arse-backwards idea that can, under
easy-to-reproduce conditions, return different results from the real
Amazon page. Moreover, there are still things you can do on the real
site that you can't on the allegedly-accessible site. (Gold Box,
anyone?)

It's all been well discussed by now, you know.

<http://contenu.nu/article.htm?id=1229#amazonia>
<http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,49195,00.html>

Amazon has quite enough money and skill to have done things
properly. Or to have at least fixed its myriad mistakes-- to have
unmuffed it, one might say in the vernacular.

-- 

  Joe Clark  |  joeclark@joeclark.org
  Author, _Building Accessible Websites_
  <http://joeclark.org/access/> | <http://joeclark.org/book/>
Received on Monday, 24 February 2003 14:03:25 GMT

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