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Re: Misrepresenting accessibility / confusion with usability

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.ac.be>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 11:17:50 +0100
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To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi Charles,

Someone told me off list that they complained to the publishers about the 
first article. It turned out that it had originally been called usability, 
but changed to accessibility because they thought that their readership 
would not understand the term usability.



At 21:57 22/03/2004, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>Hi Christophe,
>summary: The first article you mention sounds more good than bad, but not 
>very good. The second article you mention sounds more bad than good. I 
>haven't read them, so that's as much as I have to go on.
>On 19 Mar 2004, at 00:24, Christophe Strobbe wrote:
>>A while ago I came across issue 36 of the British magazine Web Pages Made 
>>Easy, which contained an anonymous article on "Building Accessible Web 
>>Sites" (pages 16-21). The first page is filled with a wheelchair symbol, 
>>so I hoped that, at last, mainstream computer magazines were beginning to 
>>devote some attention to web accessibility. However, the article 
>>discusses only usability and hardly mentions any guidelines or techniques 
>>for making web sites accessible for people with disabilities.
>>Issue 37 of the same magazine contains an article on "Make an accessible 
>>The article also contains the following tip: "If you are creating pages 
>>where you need to include graphical content, it is always a good idea to 
>>create a 'text only' version of the same document, with a link to it from 
>>your main site. This at least then gives the visitor an option to view 
>>this more accessible page."
>>I think this kind of articles doesn't do a good service to web 
>>accessibility. What do you think?
>Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
>charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org

Christophe Strobbe
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