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RE: WCAG 2.0 and scripting

From: <Accessys@smart.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:03:23 -0400 (EDT)
To: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0709261302080.11159@fzneg.arg>


NOT EVERYONE USES WINDOWS!!!!

I haven't been able to get Javascript access to work with EMACspeak.
or for that matter other Linux access applications.

Bob


On Wed, 26 Sep 2007, Phill Jenkins wrote:

> > If done the right way, Javascript can work fine with AT like screen
> readers . . .
> > Granted, this shuts out users who (through choice, or situations beyond
> their control)
> > can't/won't run Javascript, but I believe that under WCAG 2.0 that's
> fine
> > (as it's about access for users with disabilities, not "universal
> access").
> > IMHO, of course.
> > Patrick
>
> Well said Patrick.
>
> Although I think "it's about " can be more than WCAG 2.0.  Many of us,
> including you, me and others are also trying to make internet access more
> affordable, but WCAG 1.0 does not make the internet more affordable per
> se.  No one is paying less to turn JavaScript off. . .
>
> And as I said before, access to JavaScript should be like getting access
> to the front door, or HTML, or multimedia.  People with disabilities want
> to interact with JavaScript rich sites for the reasons everyone else does,
> regardless of disability - but that is a policy discussion.  WCAG 1.0 and
> 2.0 is about a set of technical standards.
>
> The WCAG 2.0 FAQs answer the question as to when to start using WCAG 2.0
> and list the benefits of starting now - see
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/wcag2faq.html#start
>         There are many benefits to using WCAG 2.0 Working Drafts in your
> current and upcoming projects:
> WCAG 2.0 is more applicable to current technologies, future technologies,
> and non-W3C technologies.
> WCAG 2.0 supporting documents, such as Understanding WCAG 2.0, provide
> more information to help you understand and implement the guidelines.
> You can develop and submit techniques that may be added to Techniques for
> WCAG 2.0.
> You will be ahead of some others, and when WCAG 2.0 is finalized you will
> be able to meet it sooner.
>
> Regards,
> Phill Jenkins
> IBM Research - Human Ability & Accessibility Center
> http://www.ibm.com/able
>
>

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