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RE: user stats

From: Tom James <TJames@salisbury.gov.uk>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 14:00:20 +0100
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To: "'Section 508.US'" <tagi11@cox.net>, "'Ben Gilmore'" <beng@getfrank.com>, WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> Macromedia claim a 97.4% penetration of the Flash plug-in
> What was their claims based on? Number of computers sold with Flash
> installed?
> I would think that there are more that 3% total users of the 
> internet that
> are blind. Why would a blind person use Flash????????
> Michael

As I said, I'm a bit sceptical about the figure, but I'm only reporting the
one that Macromedia report. On the URL I gave on their site, they do give
the source of their figures.

As for the question "why would a blind person use flash?". I guess they
wouldn't. But I can imagine a scenario in which, for example, a blind user
had a modern graphical browser (with Flash pre-installed) but also using a
screen reader. Presumably, this would just report back to any
stats-gathering package that Flash was installed. Which just says be
careful; the numbers may (truthfully) say one thing but the actual ability
to use may be something else altogether.

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