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RE: user stats

From: Larry G. Hull <Larry.G.Hull@nasa.gov>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 14:42:51 -0400
Message-Id: <p05100302bb681c82ab51@[128.183.217.33]>
To: Tom James <TJames@salisbury.gov.uk>
Cc: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Tom,

Your scenario is real...and can create interesting problems such as 
when Flash is used to create the navigation if it is detected as 
installed/active.

I actually had a case where the author of the page simply assumed no 
blind person would have a browser with Flash installed/active thus 
didn't bother to remove the script from a "text only" page. Naturally 
the Flash code executed generating inaccessible navigation rather 
than the accessible navigation that was supplied as an alternative 
being produced. Screen reader users couldn't get beyond that page.

Larry

At 2:00 PM +0100 8/19/03, Tom James wrote:
>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.
>
>	Tom
Received on Thursday, 21 August 2003 19:09:55 GMT

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