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RE: User Responsibility for Web Accessibility

From: P.H.Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 13:37:19 -0000
Message-ID: <3A1D23A330416E4FADC5B6C08CC252B98A4769@misnts16.mis.salford.ac.uk>
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The whole issue strikes a sympathetic chord with my usual
"the onus is also on the user" battle cry.
The only part that really left a bad taste in my mouth
was the bit about Flash:

"If I utilize all the accessibility options in Flash, is 
it still my fault that a user can't access my content because
they don't have the right version of the browser, plug-in,
or screen reader?" 

The answer to that is a resounding YES, I'm afraid. It's one
thing saying that users can and should have the right
software for the right job ("you can't blame a hammer for
making a lousy screwdriver") when free options are available,
but expecting them to shell out quite a considerable ammount
of money on the "correct" screenreader software is misguided,
in my opinion, and unfortunately waters down the rest of the

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford
Received on Tuesday, 23 March 2004 08:38:14 UTC

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