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Re: Wordle worthwhile to accessify?

From: Black Widow Web Design <webmistress@blackwidows.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 20:35:58 +0100
Message-ID: <48F4F49E.3080904@blackwidows.co.uk>
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
CC: Peter Thiessen <peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>

on 14/10/2008 19:55 Peter Thiessen said the following:
> Hello,
> 
> Due to the recent popularity Wordle and after creating my first Wordle, I'm
> excited about the possibility of making the visual representation of a
> Wordle accessible. I contacted the creator of Wordle, Jonathan Feinberg, and
> sent him a few tips on making a Wordle accessible. He asked a good question
> in response to my assumption that everything should accessible - Why make a
> tool who's primary focus is beautifying typography accessible?

1. Google is blind. If there is any intent to use Wordle on the Web, it 
needs to be accessible to search engines.

2. Not everyone who can see can also read.

3. Not everyone who can read does so all of the time. I have at least 
one mobility impaired colleague with exceptional reading abilities who, 
occasionally, needs to have some pages read out loud because she needs 
to lie prone or has to move around.

4. Rich media that is accessible to AT lends itself to being interpreted 
by other UAS such as mobile devices etc.

5. The Web is not a visual medium. It is a communication medium with 
visuals being just one of the tools available. It therefore makes sense 
to maximise the message so it can be interpreted in as many other other 
ways as possible.

Does that help?

Mel P.
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Black Widow Web Design Ltd
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