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Re: Please no browser assembly

From: Paul Adelson <paul.adelson@citicorp.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 12:08:25 -0600
Message-Id: <199812111809.NAA17593@egate2.citicorp.com>
To: Bryan Campbell <bryany@pathcom.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Well said. What specific changes would you suggest for the guidelines? Should
the UA developer be expected to provide applicable templates or install options
for various disabilities, or ?...

Bryan Campbell wrote:

> Hello,
> The news on 9 Dec 1998 provides insight for the UA Guildlines. Someone
> speaking for a major software firm said computer buyers don't want a built
> it yourself OS. & 'Assembling The International Space Station' continued
> http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap981210.html
> Astronauts are highly trained & rehearsed, computer buyers mostly wish to
> get things done. Guildlines Section 3 says people with disabilities will
> likely have to find Accessibility information on their own, from easy to use
> formats recognizing this is a new & unrehearsed task! Sub-section 3.2,
> however seems to expect people with disabilities to configure many details
> on their own, in stark contrast to the idea that software shouldn't be do it
> yourself & that complex tasks demand much training. It is unthinkable to
> leave people that need more time to get things done to finish building
> programs. Good default settings & extensive templates &/or profiles are the
> only way to simplify configuration in context of each OS specifics; this is
> a vital necessity!
> While keyboard matters are 2nd nature to me CSS is a mystery that might help
> with the new problem of the keyboard Up command highlighting the last link
> on a page. If CSS can turn off DHTML the link highlight might goto the last
> visible link on the screen at the lower right. Yet I've no wish to become
> conversant in CSS to build a style sheet, someone else knows what to do for
> CSS along with other things & that knowledge should lie with these
> Guildlines. The Techniques page could give examples, or as a 2nd best the
> W3C could have a tips section for people with disabilities. The PC industry
> prides itself on providing total solutions. Please let us not leave this
> matter to be solved over & over again by each newcomer to computers.
> Regards,
> Bryan
> -> "I don't need to stand to talk, to advise, & to generally make a pain in
> the ass out of myself." Dr. Stephen Franklin, "Babylon 5": 'Shadow Dancing'

  -- Paul Adelson
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