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RE: alt text & punctuation - best practice?

From: Harry Woodrow <harrry@iinet.net.au>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 20:19:26 +0800
To: "'David Woolley'" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20040624121931.81DD5A0819@frink.w3.org>

This seems to be a rather stereotyped view, may I ask on what it is based.
Elderly people are often among the strongest users of computers, they find
them extremely useful for keeping in touch with family, friends and often in
genealogy and presentation of family history photos.  I wolds need a lot of
figures before I can accept this just as I donít accept that blind people
can't use computers.

Harry Woodrow

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Subject: Re: alt text & punctuation - best practice?

> Depends on what the icons are and what they represent.  Does an elderly
> literate person forget that an envelope means email?

They almost certainly never knew that it meant that, so they would
assume it was snail mail address link (or wonder why there was no such
address next to it).  There is a rather subtle abstraction in going from
a picture of a paper envelope to an electronic communication mechanism.

Most elderly people are not computer literate, even though they are
literate in written language.

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