Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 21:29:06 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mary Morris) Message-Id: <199607050429.VAA05721@thyme> To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Introducing NetscapeML I'm going to second Martin's comments and add a few. I agree with what Martin writes. I have a friend who is legally blind. He can see but only at a distance of about 6 inches from the screen and with scaleable fonts that can really be blown up. I also know more than a few people who have ADD (as adults - not kids). These people find the movement stuff incredibly distracting. (like they can't focus to read more than 4 words before the motion really nails them). Just as we are having a large upsurgence of kids that are being diagnosed with ADD, we are finding that a lot of adults have ADD that they have learned to live with (sort of). Then there are other groups epileptics, dyslexics, blind, deaf, color blind, those suffering from migraines, or just general bad day overloads that could really benefit from really having control of their environment. After all, the web orignially was supposed to be user controlled... I am used to browsers that can have the basic font sizes and colors changable already, and I can see having a local stylesheet definition that can be forced to override anything else comming in. Microsoft, Netscape and Mosaic have always offered that. If they didn't I'd have had a lot of problems sizing demos to be read. However, the newer stuff doesn't have the same control as the older stuff. We can't turn off a server push like we can GIF89a images that move and even getting the images out of the cache so that they won't play is a real pain and means that you must flush a bunch of other stuff that may be valuable to keep. Java, ActiveX, marquees and other new stuff should be allowed as well. If I had my druthers, I'd like to see something under the View button that says Custom that can be checked (ie enabled/disabled). To change it you get a dialog that says Background Image __ Off __ On (Alt text is default) Background Sound __ Off __ On ___ Route to alternative player (ie speech to text for deaf Text ____ Standard Screen display ____ Route to alternative player (ie text to speech for the blind) Text/Background Colors/Fonts ___ System defintion (ie defined in options/properties...) ___ Local Stylesheet ___ Default Stylesheet/HTML Definition (ie in document) Blink ____ Enable ___ Disable Plug-ins (pull down or scrolling menu of plug-ins that can be enabled or disabled) Server push (or connection keep alive or something) ___ Enable ____ Disable Java ____ Execute ____ Don't execute Images _____ Display _____ Don't Display -or- If there is some way to identify looping GIF89a images and stop the looping add an option for that. Ditto for browser specific things like marquees. As soon as the Apply button is clicked or the View --> Custom option is selected, the browser redraws the current page with the custom View controls in effect (no cache clearing....) ------------------------------------------------------------------- Mary E. S. Morris co-author Web Page Design: A Different Multimedia http://www.sun.com/smi/ssoftpress/Morris2/Morris2.html -------------------------------------------------------------------- Martin Hamilton writes: > Scott E. Preece writes: > > | Could you try to distill her experience into some requirements for > | browser features? It's not clear from your limitied description what a > | browser could reasonably do to help. > > My perception is that her main problem is to do with the amount of time > it takes her to scan a Web page looking for the content. Her field of > vision is limited, so she can't just take in the whole page in one go. > Plus... she finds it uncomfortable reading pages rendered with small to > medium sized fonts. To give you an idea of what is OK, she reads her > email in an 80x25 Linux console on a 17" monitor. > i.e. coloured backgrounds, coloured text, font size changes, in-lined > images and imagemaps, server push animations, applets and plugins of > whatever flavours the browser supports, animation tags a la MARQUEE, > and so on. > PS I realise the obvious response to these comments is "use Lynx, or > W3, or ..." - but this isn't the point. Mainstream browsers like (say) > Netscape should support accessibility.