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Re: Accessibility of WinXP, IE, & OE

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:59:50 -0400
Message-ID: <4EA358F6.40101@earthlink.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On 2011/10/22 19:20 (GMT-0400) G F Mueden composed:

> I am an old geezer whose eyes are poor.  I have great difficulty with the
> elegant low contrast adjustment panels in my software.  WAI IG seems to have

If you can afford the price and the space, your best solution might be using 
a 26" or larger widescreen TV as a computer display.

> overlooked these things and I have not noticed attention paid to the
> accessibility of emails and the users guides that accompany software and
> hardware.  (My current problem is with the NYTimes whose emails disable my
> choice of fonts for incoming text making them hard to rea.)

If you're still using the IE version shipped with WinXP (6), you need to 
either upgrade to IE8, and/or install one of the friendlier browsers that 
allow you to more easily override rude web design, such as SeaMonkey, Firefox 
or Opera, all of which are free downloads, and easy to install.

You need not have only one web browser installed. Some sites work better in 
some browsers than in others, and there is no one best browser overall for 
such sites. Having more than one allows you to keep trying until you find 
which works best for you on particular problem pages.

NY Times is one of the preponderance of sites that think they're designing 
for paper rather than the web. The results are rude, and there's no excuse 
for web standards not pushing for sites like these to use friendlier design 
habits.

> Am I in the right place or should I look elsewhere?

I tried to get a discussion going about this topic generally a few days ago, 
but it didn't get much traction, at least not yet. :-( You can see it at: 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/2011OctDec/0012.html
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