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Re: UPDATE suggested alternatives to accessible version

From: Joshue O Connor CFIT <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:53:08 +0000
Message-ID: <4F4209F4.5040304@ncbi.ie>
To: gv@trace.wisc.edu
CC: Jonathan Hassell <jonathanhassell@yahoo.co.uk>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I'm a bit confused. Originally Jonathan said:

 >"That's why 'universal design' doesn't work - it's not universally 
good for everyone,
 > people with different disabilities have completely contradictory 
colour preferences."

I agree with much of Greggs reply, but then Gregg says:

> 2)  Universal Design should never be construed to mean  'one size fits all'.


> True universal design is about one-size-fits-one [...]

So I'm confused. I don't know what one-size-fits-one means. I get the 
second part "creating designs that allow people to adjust things to fit 
their individual needs."

Aside from my own cognitive dissonance (and seriously I don't understand 
"one-size-fits-one"). The second part is what is more useful or 
translates well to others within a framework like UD. This is because 
there is now a graveyard of design ideologies (DFA anyone?) and we don't 
need to add to the canon. However a mantra like "create designs that 
allow people to adjust things to fit their individual needs" - is great. 
In terms of implementation it is easier to understand than the 
aspirational idea that you should build something that can be used by 



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