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Re: Opinions on accessible time formatting

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15:41:53 -0500
Message-ID: <545E8011.4040703@earthlink.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
John Foliot composed on 2014-11-08 10:13 (UTC-0800):

> Sorry Felix, I reject this whole line of reasoning: I'm not going to try an
> assign blame on anyone, that is counter to my ideals of accessibility. Who
> cares *why* a user can or cannot adapt to, say, the metric system? Whether
> through laziness, age (you're gonna teach a 90 year old granny to ditch
> pounds and ounces? really?), or clinical cognitive impairments, our job as
> accessibility advocates and specialists is to try and find ways to overcome
> those problems, not point fingers at the user and say "you need to catch up,
> dummy".

> Nope, doesn't fly with me

It looks to me like you've misinterpreted both the why and the substance of
what I wrote in both your replies to me in this thread. The problem of the 90
year olds will solve itself if society stops prolonging confusion through
educational failure.

Does granny really not already know 40 years after American consumer products
started including metric labeling alongside avoirdupois or 45 years after man
walked on the moon on a TV showing the time in ##.## format that a 2 litre
bottle of Coke is a little over 2 quarts, a quart of milk is a little less
than a litre, or that a day doesn't end at noon? I'll bet her 60 year old
measuring cup has both oz. and ml. gradations. Mine does.

Accommodate, absolutely, but with some measure of logical discretion.
Simplicity can go a long way in overcoming impairment.

My thanks as well for
http://www.w3.org/TR/html/text-level-semantics.html#the-time-element to Steve
F. having pointed it out.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

 Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!

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