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From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 17:53:58 -0700
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To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
 From the draft about "what is accessibility":

>Web accessibility ensures that the Web can be used with only a keyboard 
>and does not require a mouse.

I hope that we can find a way to more tellingly exemplify more generally. 
In other words, we want to make it work without a mouse OR a keyboard, if 
that's what it takes. It must work without monitors/speakers as well as 
without mouse/keyboard. Device Independence may be a moving target and hard 
to reach, but it is central to accessibility.

The original efforts were centered on blindness for historical reasons, and 
that still underlies much of what must be done, but as we age into 
twitchiness and forgetfulness there come other guests to the table.

I think that if we hold up a prism of cognition concerns we will tend to 
reach out because even after all these years (that's irony, the Web's only 
been around about a dozen) one of the main concerns is that so many people 
still just don't get it and the old joke about needing one's grandchildren 
to program one's VCR typify what one of our main tasks re providing access 
will be centered on. It started out being about alt-tags, but it is soon to 
be more about clear/simple in every regard.


Everyone/everything/everywhere/always connected 

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