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Re: Safety and Responsibility

From: <Mark_Day@lotus.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 11:13:53 -0400
To: "Phil B. Lipsky" <Phil.B.Lipsky@Hofstra.edu>
Cc: www-mobile@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFF6DE620B.2D4C6D31-ON8525680A.00535AFF@Lotus.com>

I'm delighted to see someone bring this up.  I think it's terrific when
people step forward to solve important problems, and I'm sure that we all
look forward to seeing your Submission(s) to the consortium for what should
be done in this area.

--Mark

W3C Advisory Committee Representative
Lotus Development Corporation





"Phil B. Lipsky" <Phil.B.Lipsky@Hofstra.edu>@w3.org on 10/13/99 09:37:32 AM

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To:   www-mobile@w3.org
cc:    (bcc: Mark Day/CAM/Lotus)
Subject:  Safety and Responsibility


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

webpbl@hofstra.edu
Received on Thursday, 14 October 1999 13:49:11 GMT

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