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Safety and Responsibility

From: Phil B. Lipsky <Phil.B.Lipsky@Hofstra.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 09:37:32 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-mobile@w3.org
Message-id: <s804522c.056@gw5.hofstra.edu>
To Whom it May Concern,

Unfortunately I don't think anyone involved in (auto)mobile web projects is concerned with driver safety. In all the reading I've done regarding mobile web development plans, no one is addressing the issue of safety on the roads.

The first time someone dies in an auto accident because a driver is distracted by sending email while driving, surfing the internet while driving, etc.*who will take responsibility? I don't see anyone in the austere W3C group addressing these issues.

I know, most don't care. Progress, profits, and "universal access" are all that count. If a few people have to die along the way*what is it your concern? Well it should be.

With all this work going into making the web accessible to people with disabilities, you should not be ignoring the possibility that some of your very efforts will make the disabled population grow (through automobile accidents).

Is anyone addressing driver-safety issues in regard to (auto)mobile web access?

Phil Lipsky

Received on Thursday, 14 October 1999 03:24:37 UTC

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