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Amateurs was Re: XBL in document fragments

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 09:17:26 +0100
Message-Id: <4DE98880-265E-11D9-B9D4-000A95C7D298@btinternet.com>
Cc: www-svg@w3.org, Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
To: Jon Ferraiolo <jon.ferraiolo@adobe.com>

Jon,

first let me state that I am not in a position to respond to the 
original thread.

However could you please expand on this reply* which might seem highly 
offensive to some.

I imagine that you wouldn't wish to be perceived as considering that 
pre-literate population has no right, desire or ability to publish.
Yet it is evidently clear that at the present time they don't have the 
appropriate tools and mechanisms.
perhaps you could describe how you personally, or Adobe are engaging 
with the community of 'amateurs' and the pre-literate to meet their 
needs.

SVG as currently designed by W3 and expressed in the Adobe viewer 
presents many accessibility barriers.
It is by engaging with the whole community that these issues will most 
easily be addressed.

people who are pre-literate face many problems engaging with the web.
SVG and sXBL have the potential to help, however this means everyone, 
and I mean everyone engaging with those less able than themselves, in a 
particular field or endeavour.

Otherwise, history demonstrates that 'Professionals' publish a whole 
bunch of stuff that isn't accessible to the greater population.

regards

Jonathan Chetwynd
http://www.peepo.co.uk     "It's easy to use"
irc://freenode/accessibility

*On 29 Sep 2004, at 17:59, Jon Ferraiolo wrote:

I think it is much more important to provide a robust facility for 
professional developers who create robust components with all of the 
appropriate mutation event handlers to take care of things like 
insertion and deletion of LI elements than it is to create an 
"easy-to-use" mechanism which might allow amateurs to create components 
which do not take care of insertion and deletion and thus are not 
robust.
Received on Monday, 25 October 2004 08:17:59 UTC

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