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Re: Is there a case for News as accessible technology?

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 21:19:38 -0400 (EDT)
To: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0408272115580.18707@smart.net>

On Fri, 20 Aug 2004, Al Gilman wrote:

> One of the open questions on the Web at the moment is how much effort
> should be put into updating URI schemes including the news: scheme
> that relate to protocols other than HTTP.
>
> What do people know about the current level of use of [Usenet] News by
>
> - people with disabilities

higher levels than the general population but usually with older equipment

> - people with narrowband connections

far more than with broadband, but broadband is growing in the developed
countries


> - people in the third world

Broadband mostly doesn't even exist outside the major cities.  usage is
much lower but again growing and usually with older equipment, "hand me
downs"

the major problem in third world countries is not the computers but the
telephone infrastructure that is taxed to the limit and unable to cope
with the expanded demand for services.

Bob
(not scientific but discussed the issue with many folks who know the
subject well)

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