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Re: [WAI-IG] list policies (top posting for vision impairments)

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 21:36:03 -0500
Message-ID: <007901c3fe6c$c6df9390$6401a8c0@handsontech>
To: "Rachel Tanenhaus" <rtanenhaus@adaptiveenvironments.org>, "'James Craig'" <wai-ig@cookiecrook.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

actually, I use a screen reader but it makes no difference.  I know many
people who do not use screen readers who find top posting to be of great

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rachel Tanenhaus" <rtanenhaus@adaptiveenvironments.org>
To: "'James Craig'" <wai-ig@cookiecrook.com>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 4:00 PM
Subject: RE: [WAI-IG] list policies (top posting for vision impairments)


I suspect you'll get different answers from people who use screen
enlargers than from people who use screen readers.  People who use
screen readers are going to have a harder time figuring out the context
of top-posts.  People with low vision (*raises hand*), however, are
going to have more difficulty telling the original message from the
reply if the reply is embedded in the original message.

Hopefully that made some sense.  :)  Top-posting makes my life easier,
but I can certainly understand why someone using a screen reader or a
refreshable Braille display would find top-posting to be Evil And Bad


Rachel H. Tanenhaus, MPH
Information Specialist
New England ADA & Accessible IT Center
374 Congress Street, Suite 301
Boston, MA  02210
Phone: (617) 695-0085 (v/tty)
or (800) 949-4232 (v/tty) (in New England)
Fax: (617) 482-8099
E-mail: rtanenhaus@NewEnglandADA.org
URL: www.NewEnglandADA.org

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of James Craig
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 3:53 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: [WAI-IG] list policies (top posting for vision impairments)

A discussion on the WebDesign-L list got me thinking about list policies

on accessibility-related lists. On general lists "top posting" is
generally discouraged, however I've heard that it's beneficial for
people with vision impairments.

To clarify, top posting is responding to a post above or before the
quoted post or question.

[Start example]

I think that XYZ is the best solution for FOO.

John Doe wrote:
 > ABC is the best solution for FOO.

[End example]

What are the opinions on top posting from this list's vision-impaired

James Craig

Received on Saturday, 28 February 2004 21:36:07 UTC

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