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RE: Commands and Accessibility

From: Ryan Jean <ryanj@disnetwork.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:44:42 -0400
To: <cdwise@wiserways.com>, "'Accessys@smart.net'" <accessys@smart.net>
Cc: "'David Woolley'" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1KVTQH-0007Mg-GF@maggie.w3.org>

Interesting concept. I agree. Maybe GUI is not good for visual impairments.
I've been working with computers since 1985. First was Apple II, then BASIC,
DOS, Mac Classic, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.

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


-----Original Message-----
From: Cheryl D Wise [mailto:cdwise@wiserways.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 11:33 AM
To: 'Ryan Jean'; 'Accessys@smart.net'
Cc: 'David Woolley'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: Commands and Accessibility

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
Received on Tuesday, 19 August 2008 15:47:14 GMT

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