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Re: Accessible Web design for the deaf: NOT

From: Section 508.US <tagi11@cox.net>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 18:25:32 -0500
Message-ID: <005e01c35d3b$32af2aa0$6400a8c0@n7v4j1>
To: "Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>, "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

As usual, a disability organization that don't give a flip about
accessibility........
pegglegg

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Michael Van Randen
Web Accessibility and Usability Consultant
1236 Greystone Lane
Pensacola Florida, 32514
850-206-4715
tagi11@cox.net

"Counting users on the Internet is like counting the number
 of people using wheelchairs who are inside an inaccessible
 building.  It was once thought that since no wheelchair users
 were in the building, ramps were not needed. "
UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
 Copyright  1999-2003 Cynthia D. Waddell JD
Executive Director of ICDRI
http://www.icdri.org/CynthiaW/the_digital_divide.htm

Access not exclusion
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>
To: "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2003 4:42 PM
Subject: Accessible Web design for the deaf: NOT



I received this spam today:

>  <http://www.deafplanet.com/>
>
> Greetings,
>
> Thank you for your interest in deafplanet.com.  The project has recently
> launched at the 14th Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf in
> Montreal, and www.deafplanet.com <http://www.deafplanet.com/>  is now
> live to the world.
> [...]
> If you have any questions about deafplanet.com, don't hesitate to
> contact us at contact@deafplanet.com.

The site will not even load in Mozilla, Safari, IE 5.2 on Macintosh or in
Lynx. In every case, the programmers have decided that I don't have the
current Flash plug-in (in the three relevant cases, I do), thus have no
right to enter the premises.

"You don't have the latest version of Macromedia Flash Player. This web
site makes use of MacromediaŽ Flash TM software. You have an old version
of Macromedia Flash Player that cannot play the content we've created. Why
not download and install the latest version now? It will only take a
moment."

Or forever, in this case, since I *do* have the latest Flash. (Not the 7.0
beta, admittedly.) Bit of an infinite loop there, I'm afraid.

I love Web accessibility for the deaf.

By the way, *how* much did this site cost again?

<http://news.google.com/news?q=deafplanet>

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  Joe Clark  |  joeclark@joeclark.org
  Author, _Building Accessible Websites_
  <http://joeclark.org/access/> | <http://joeclark.org/book/>
Received on Thursday, 7 August 2003 19:25:25 GMT

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