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RE: Hiding email addresses in an accessible way

From: Scarlett Julian (ED) <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 08:45:48 +0100
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D02879AB7@EDUC_MXS>
To: "'Joe Clark'" <joeclark@joeclark.org>, WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joe Clark [mailto:joeclark@joeclark.org]
> Sent: Monday, August 18, 2003 7:08 PM
> To: WAI-IG
> Subject: Re: Hiding email addresses in an accessible way
> Where is the evidence that anyone other than a few privacy freaks and
> Slashdot-reading Linux nerds turn JavaScript off? How many of them are
> disabled

I visit Slashdot once or twice a year (mainly because of referred URIs), I run Windows and a command prompt scares the life out of me. I do however regularly use my browser with javascript disabled until I find a need to enable it. I regard myself as a pretty average bloke and wouldn't be at all surprised if there are quite a few people with my surfing habits. The fact that I am not disabled is irrelevant; I still need sites to work properly.

By the way, this is exactly the same argument that people in my organisation use when I ask them to write descriptions for images and summaries for tables to go along with their copy for a web page. "But how many disabled people will be using the site Julian? Why should we bother? What's the point?" I normally look forward to your posts and the fresh approach you take but I think this comment is harmful and ill-conceived. 

> Why are people still clinging to the myth that JavaScript and
> inaccessibility are one and the same thing?

At no point in my original post did I say that. One of the main reasons that I didn't want to use javascript to do this is because for anything more than a couple of addresses on a page it becomes unwieldy to manage. 


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