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RE: Web Accessibility is....

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 01:41:17 -0500
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To: saylordj@wellsfargo.com, H.Snetselaar@bartimeus.nl, w3c-wai-eo@w3.org

At 07:33 AM 1/30/2003 -0800, saylordj@wellsfargo.com wrote:

>Hi All,
>I like Henk's definition in many ways, but Henk asks about the term
>universal access, and I think Judy raised the point that cognitive
>disabilities might not allow one to 'think' all content.

depends on the extent of cognitive disabilities; many do allow one to 
understand web sites. the particular concern that i expressed in last 
week's meeting was when someone suggested that everyone would understand 
the content on a web site in the same way. given that people's life 
experiences and interests are different, that is rarely the case, 
regardless of disability.

>We do not claim
>that everyone 'thinks' alike anymore than we claim everyone can see.  We
>don't claim everyone uses content alike.  This is my version of a
>definition,
>
>Web Accessibility is "all" the diverse methods people use to know content as
>a single unified technology system of guidelines that keeps open channels of
>communication for everyone to know a web site in their specific way and
>need.

interesting. this seems very focused on the user. i wonder whether the 
responsibilities of the content developers and software developers might 
not come through. but it is good to have the user's experience described as 
well.

- judy


>Doyle Saylor
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Henk Snetselaar [mailto:H.Snetselaar@bartimeus.nl]
>Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2003 12:05 AM
>To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
>Subject: Web Accessibility is....
>
>
>Hi all,
>
>I will make a try too...
>
>++++++++
>Web accessibility means that everyone can use the functions of a web site;
>* regardless of disability and the use of assitive technology;
>* regardless of the operating system and the user agent (browser, PDA, WAP,
>TV) that is used.
>Web accessibility includes the content of a web site, the authoring tools of
>web design and the user agents to explore the web.
>
>+++++++++
>
>In this definition main stream and special use is included (some people like
>that a lot).
>I know that some of you do have a problem with the wording *everyone can
>use...*, but what about the Tim Berners-Lee slogan? (see below)
>
>"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless
>of disability is an essential aspect." Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and
>inventor of the World Wide Web
>
>Regards,
>
>Henk
>
>
>
>
>
>++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>H. Snetselaar
>Bartimeus Educational Institute for the Blind and Partially Sighted
>Utrechtseweg 84, 3702 AD  Zeist, the Netherlands
>Tel: +31-(0)30-6982211 or +31(0)30-6982350
>Fax: +31-(0)30-6982347
>E-mail: H.Snetselaar@bartimeus.nl
>Website: www.bartimeus.nl and www.accessibility.nl
>++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

-- 
Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
MIT/LCS Room NE43-355, 200 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA,  02139,  USA
Received on Friday, 31 January 2003 01:53:22 UTC

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