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Re: QuickTips a hit at Senior/Health/Web event.

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 21:53:14 -0500
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To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
>The win for this event was taking a wad of QuickTips cards.  I got our
>rapporteur for our session to wave one in her 10 minute report-back and
>tell people to pick them up on the way out.  Everyone I talked to wanted


>PS:  For what it's worth, here is the spin I gave my pitch:  Don't just
>think of seniors with disabilities.  Realize that many of your intended
>audience are not only one computer upgrade behind the great mass of the
>population, they are also one upgrade behind on their eyeglasses and
>hearing aid.  Taking the effort to scrub you site to meet accessibility
>guidelines is a good stress-test to make sure that it won't fail to be
>usable for the seniors you want to reach.

The "one-upgrade behind on glasses & hearing aids" is great. I'll add that
twist to the business case.

>I also trotted out my standard line about "Know that there are
>technological aids available [Bobby and WAI guidelines] to help you create
>a universally accessible site; but also know that the technology can't do
>the whole job.  Use the technological aids first, and then to be sure, get
>you prototypes checked out by real people with disabilities who actually
>use assistive technology and alternative user interface modes.
>If there is a problem with either of these story lines, I need to be trained.

Sounds good. We've got to keep improving the tools though because a lot of
places aren't going to go find real people.

Judy Brewer    jbrewer@w3.org    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

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