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Re: link in new window debate

From: Info at ATutor <info@atutor.ca>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 15:26:45 -0500
Message-ID: <3FBA8085.6010704@atutor.ca>
To: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Cc: Info at ATutor <info@atutor.ca>, Jon Gibbins <jon@nov5th.plus.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Stigmatize? Knowone has to know there's a AT detector running. Besides, 
it really has nothing to do with disability. It has to do with 
adaptability and transformation of content. 

We go to great lengths to make our software usable by anyone. Making 
preferences available to users is a big part of that. If I know you are 
using a screen reader for example, I can strip away all the redudant 
navigation links, remove the images, or present columns of text in a 
single column. I'll transform the content so it works better for you. 
Feeling stigmatized by that, should be taken up with a psychologist.

Adaptability, or transformability are the key terms here.


Access Systems wrote:

>On Tue, 18 Nov 2003, Info at ATutor wrote:
>>>Is it possible for a browser to detect the use of a screen reader? Or 
>>>other assistive technology?
>>Not that we are aware of (except maybe HPR).  We generally avoid using 
>>browser detectors, and make sites universal to begin with.  An AT 
>>detector would be nice though.
>no an AT detector would not be nice, it would stigmatize a person with a
>disability and open the web site up to a host of legal problems if there
>was percieved discrimination based on the belief that the visitor was
>treated differently because of disability, true or not..
>I think the concept of AT detector is really a bad road to go down for any
>reason.   make the site browser neutral and you have no problems.
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