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RE: Commands and Accessibility

From: <Accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:42:29 -0400 (EDT)
To: Cheryl D Wise <cdwise@wiserways.com>
cc: "'Ryan Jean'" <ryanj@disnetwork.org>, "'David Woolley'" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0808191139460.32284@fzneg.arg>


which is one reason I like Linux, it is not one or the other but
usually either or.

having also started using computers in the early 70s using punch cards
I have seen the vast progress and regressions that we have made.
since I learned to touch type many many years ago and use the Dvorak
keyboard I really hate when I have to take my hands off the keyboard
to even bother with mice. (I don't even have a mouse, use a trackball)
so to each thier own.  and that is the importance of WAI, we must make
sure that the USER and not the programmer is in charge of the user
experience.

Bob




On Tue, 19 Aug 2008, Cheryl D Wise wrote:

> I think it depends on the disability. Dyslexics and mobility impaired users
> are better served by and prefer a GUI. I have carpel tunnel and some visual
> impairment. I would hate to have to type in every command I use. Personally,
> I hate command line interfaces.  I started using computers in the 70s so I
> am no stranger to command line interfaces but I really dislike them. I hate
> when I have to drop down to Unix or DOS. So for me a GUI interfaces are an
> accessibility improvement.
>
> Cheryl D Wise
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
> Of Ryan Jean
>
>
> 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
>
>
>
>

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