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Re: approval

From: David Hilbert Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:40:00 -0500
Cc: <accessys@smart.net>, "'Cain, Sally'" <sally.cain@rnib.org.uk>, "'G F Mueden'" <gfmueden@verizon.net>, "'Marc Haunschild'" <mh@zadi.de>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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To: "Jim Tobias" <tobias@inclusive.com>
do we need to reach out beyond the internet to other mediums to find folk who do not use the web because hey cannot get to it or can get to it but it is usless for them.  email is the same.  for the vast majority of people around the world, the internet is a black hole.

On Feb 22, 2012, at 10:17 AM, Jim Tobias wrote:

Bob wrote:
> even one person left behind means our work is not finished.

I'm already assuming our work will never be finished. As Lenny Bruce used to
say, "If they ever fix all these social problems, I'll be in the
unemployment line ... right behind J. Edgar Hoover and Mahatma Gandhi."

What I'm talking about is the need to do some sensible triage, and this
should proceed from a better understanding of how many people are being
disadvantaged or excluded, to what extent, by which barriers, and why.

> the problem with diminishing returns is it is rarely equitable.  the same
> people seeem to be the ones left behind regularly.  so if you are in that
> catagory then you will have a totally different opinion about where to
> draw the line than someone who is regularly considered.

I agree. To me, the ones who are always left behind are those who have
nothing, and no easy path to getting something. It's not mostly about the
cost, contrary to conventional wisdom. People underutilize all the free
things out there, such as accessibility features in the products they
already have. I'd just like us to give a little more thought to that
situation, and what we can do about it. WAI has been totally great on
outreach and education from the beginning, aimed at the supply side -- user
agents, authoring tools, and content. But what if the demand side is a
bigger problem?



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