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Re: Emails for pwld

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 22:19:35 +1030
Message-ID: <3FD9AB4F.20609@kbc.net.au>
To: Caroline Lambie <Caroline.Lambie@mencap.org.uk>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Caroline Lambie wrote:
> In Mencap we have been discussing how sending emails could be easy and
> accessible to people with disabilities.
> The idea is instead of having a traditional email address there is a
> photo of the person you need to email and when you click on that the
> email address is embedded so it opens up as a traditional email ready to
> write and send. It would be be reciprocal so that it also shows the
> senders photo when received.

This really depends on the capabilities of the user agent (Web browser) and 
whether it is suitably linked to a mail programme.  Assuming that you are in a 
controlled environment (classroom, or whatever), where you are running linked 
mail and browsing software, something simple like this would work:

<a href='mailto:caroline.lambie@mencap.org.uk' title='Send mail to Caroline'
 ><img src='/path-to-image/caroline.jpg' alt='photo of Caroline'><br />

This provides an image with the address written under it, for those that it 
would benefit.  If your audience is ONLY <abbr title='people with learning 
disabilities'>PWLD</abbr>, you could leave out the text, as this could be confusing.

If, what you are asking, is regarding some form of address book based on 
pictures, just set up a Web page using code as above.  This could be on the 
Internet, an intranet or even just a file on a local computer.  The Internet 
solution would, of course, be the most flexible.

Hope this helps.



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Friday, 12 December 2003 06:49:46 UTC

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