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Re: Local search engines and accessibility

From: Steven Dale <sdale@stevendale.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 23:31:19 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <1820.68.232.129.117.1082431879.squirrel@www.stevendale.com>
To: <sdale@stevendale.com>
Cc: <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I should add though, the search engine should be accessible to cognitive
disabilities.  The search words may not have to be spelled correctly to
generate some appropriate results.  For example, the spell checkers that
use phonetic spelling to suggest the correct spelling of a word is a
highly effective assistive technology for people with learning
disabilities.


> Jesper Tverskov said:
>
>> Why should people struggle with a new search engine at each website
>> when Google or another major global seach engine can do the job even
>> faster and better in most cases also locally?
>
> Reuse is always good.  But, I dont think the actual search engine has
> any bearing on accessibility.  For the same reason JSP or ASP wouldnt.
> They are back end server processes without user interaction other than
> through HTTP requests.
>
>> Why not use an interface users
>> know already? This is certanly usability.
>>
>> Now, from the point of view of accessibility, when a website's pages
>> are indexed by Google, wouldn't it be easier for people with
>> disabilities to use a seach engine they are already used to use?
>> Should we actively promote the use of search engines like Google as
>> local seach engine at any major website, if the pages are already
>> indexed by Google?
>>
> You are confusing the interface with the search engine I believe.  If
> Google's user interface is accessible, then maybe that should be a best
> practice format for user interface design.  But the actual engine
> wouldnt matter.
>
>> We even have a web service, http://www.dentedreality.com.au/xoomle/,
>> returning Google as XML, making it possible to present Google's result
>> pages exactly as you want.
> Now that lends to accessible interfaces <smile>
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