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RE: Commands and Accessibility

From: Ryan Jean <ryanj@disnetwork.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:12:24 -0400
To: "'Accessys@smart.net'" <accessys@smart.net>
Cc: "'David Woolley'" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1KVRyg-0003NX-7I@maggie.w3.org>

Are you suggesting GUI was a bad idea? Especially in the case of
accessibility? To be honest, I prefer DOS over Windows. It's not due to my
disability either. I just think it's a lot simpler. You type in what you
want it to do, and it does it. With Windows, you have to go search for it
and click on it. Same with Apple and Mac. Do you know the history of GUI? It
originally came from Xerox, who we all know is a photocopying company, so
obviously their aim was geared towards images.

Sincerely,
Ryan Jean
Assistant IT Specialist
The Disability Network
Flint, MI


-----Original Message-----
From: Accessys@smart.net [mailto:accessys@smart.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 10:04 AM
To: Ryan Jean
Cc: 'David Woolley'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Commands and Accessibility


ABSOLUTELY  the number of visually impaired users that I have heard
lament the degrading of accessibility over the years is never ending
it seems.

one nice thing about linux is that it still has the "command line"
built in even if hidden and just opening a terminal window (or having
the computer boot into terminal mode) will allow almost all features
to still be used even if sometimes a little crudely.  Linux is also
suffering from GUI'ism.

Bob




On Tue, 19 Aug 2008, Ryan Jean wrote:

>
> Is it just me or does it seem like DOS was a lot more accessible to users
> than Windows? Is it a fair statement to say command-line operating systems
> (DOS, Unix, and Apple) are more accessible than their graphic user
interface
> counterparts (Windows, Linux, and Macintosh)?
>
> Sincerely,
> Ryan Jean
> Assistant IT Specialist
> The Disability Network
> Flint, MI
>
>
>

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