Re: HTML 3.2: PRE should not exclude IMG

Robert P Cunningham (bob@lava.net)
Mon, 3 Jun 96 09:28 WET


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Date: Mon, 3 Jun 96 09:28 WET
From: bob@lava.net (Robert P Cunningham)
To: abigail@mars.ic.iaf.nl, snowhare@netimages.com
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2: PRE should not exclude IMG
Cc: www-html@w3.org


>Don't fool yourselves:  Sighted people with graphical browsers are and
>will remain the target audience for 99% of web pages. Page authors will
>not consciously try to obstruct non-sighted people or those using
>non-graphical browsers, but the vast majority of page authors are simply
>not even aware of the impact of their designs on non-sighted or
>non-graphical browsers....

Sooner or later, that will have to change, at least in the U.S.,
which will probably happen as a result of a law suit.  The only
surprising thing is that no such suit has yet been filed.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires
that public services provided by public entities (i.e., federal,
state, and local governments) must be provided in such a way that
does not discriminate against disabled individuals.  And most
government-sponsred Web pages are being provided as a "public
service"....

In addition, Title I specifies that employers cannot discrminate
against disabled individuals in respect to conditions of employment.
[A significant number of buildings have been modified since the
enactment of this law, to provide for disabled access.] The same
section of that law could quite reasonably apply to intranets...