Re: Introducing NetscapeML

T. V. Raman (raman@adobe.com)
Sun, 30 Jun 1996 17:25:20 -0700


Date: Sun, 30 Jun 1996 17:25:20 -0700
Message-Id: <199607010025.RAA08072@lapdog.mv.us.adobe.com>
To: Ka-Ping Yee <s-ping@orange.cv.tottori-u.ac.jp>
Cc: Walter Ian Kaye <boo@best.com>, www-style@w3.org, html-erb@w3.org,
Subject: Re: Introducing NetscapeML
In-Reply-To: <31D5FDE2.3FD4249C@sse.tottori-u.ac.jp>
 <31D5FDE2.3FD4249C@sse.tottori-u.ac.jp>
From: "T. V. Raman" <raman@adobe.com>

Ka-Ping is right --in the world of free browsers users can *demand*
not plead.

To cite an example, I'm blind and use a talking computer. A couple of
months ago, I was (temporarily) thrilled to see an announcement coming
out of MicroSoft saying that their new browser would be accessible to
blind users using screen-access programs --the almost total
inaccessibility of NetScape has been a serious problem.

However my short-lived enthusiasm for MSFT was *very* short-lived
--after downloading their beta release that the announcement claimed
worked with speech access programs I was disappointed to see that the
Win95 screen access program I have (which is incidentally still Beta
after almost a year since win95 shipped)
could see even less of the IE screen than it could of the Netscape
screen. So simple choice --I went  tback to using William Perry's
excellent  W3 browser (though I know many scoff at an emacs based
browser)

The point I'd like to make is that there is a war out there to
convince all of us about what browser we should be using, and I'd be
very sceptical in the future about anyone's announcements.

-- 
Best Regards,
--raman

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