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RE: Introducing NetscapeML

From: Chris Serflek <t-chrise@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 11:58:53 -0700
Message-Id: <c=US%a=_%p=msft%l=RED-22-MSG-960701185853Z-20988@tide21.microsoft.com>
To: "'raman@mv.us.adobe.com'" <raman@mv.us.adobe.com>, "'www-style@w3.org'" <www-style@w3.org>, "'html-erb@w3.org'" <html-erb@w3.org>, "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>, Thomas Reardon <thomasre@microsoft.com>, "Charles (Chuck) Oppermann" <chuckop@microsoft.com>

We have been actively working with this particular speech access company
to resolve this problem.  We have been informed that it is a problem
with their software and their is nothing we can modify on our end to
help.  We are continuing to provide assistance for resolving their
problem.   Other screen readers are working with Internet Explorer. 
With the feedback we have received from the Beta 1 release, they will
work even better.

We are working hard to make Internet Explorer a very accessible product.
 Consider the following features that will available in the final
version (most will be in Beta 2):

* Move quickly through hyperlinks, imagemaps, images with hyperlinks,
frames, and forms via the TAB key
* Quickly move the focus between frames using CTRL+TAB
* Support for future access products by incorporating Microsoft's
ActiveX Accessibility
* Enhanced support for existing access products
* Proper display of ALT text and STANDBY text for speech access programs
* Supporting high contrast mode for low vision users
* Other keyboard shortcuts. 

I don't think that there is any need to curtail your enthusiasm for
Internet Explorer.  We are living up to our announcement of make an
increasingly accessible WWW browser.  When a patch becomes available for
your software, I hope you will give Internet Explorer another chance.


Chris Serflek
Microsoft Corp.

>From: 	T. V. Raman[SMTP:raman@adobe.com]
>Sent: 	Sunday, June 30, 1996 8:25 PM
>To: 	Ka-Ping Yee
>Cc: 	Thomas Reardon; Walter Ian Kaye; www-style@w3.org;
>html-erb@w3.org; www-html@w3.org; raman@mv.us.adobe.com
>Subject: 	Re: Introducing NetscapeML
>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
>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,
>      Adobe Systems                 Tel: 1 (415) 962 3945   (B-1 115)
>      Advanced Technology Group     Fax: 1 (415) 962 6063 
>      (E 1-160) 1585 Charleston Road       Email: raman@adobe.com 
>      Mountain View, CA 94039 -7900  raman@cs.cornell.edu
>      http://www-atg/People/Raman.html (Internal To Adobe)
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>Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are my own and in no way should be
>            as representative of my employer, Adobe Systems Inc.
Received on Monday, 1 July 1996 14:59:49 UTC

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