Re: Telling users how to use their browsers

I was thinking about this again last night... We have User Agent  
Accessibility Guidelines: perhaps we should have "User Accessibility  

"What you should do to make Web accessibility work." This is an essential  
component of Web accessibility, and often where the process falls flat.  
For example, changing text size; designers go to great lengths to use  
relative units, but the users don't take advantage of their work.

That's it, just thinking out loud,


En Wed, 20 Apr 2005 11:31:44 -0500, Shawn Henry <> escribió:

> Alan,
> I very much like your ideas. I think this fits in the EOWG deliverables  
> with "Education/outreach materials for people with disabilities" [#12  
> under "2005 Second Quarter Planned Deliverables" at  
> ]
> At the 8 April teleconference ( )  
> when we discussed the EOWG Deliverables list and priorities, we agreed  
> that after the WAI site redesign was done (hopefully this month), Wayne  
> & I would work up some initial proposals for this work item  
> (Education/outreach materials for people with disabilities) and bring  
> them to EOWG for discussion. We will make sure to include this.
> Best,
> ~ Shawn
> Alan Chuter wrote:
>>  I have been thinking about the discussion Friday about the redesigned  
>> site  and the pages telling users how to change font size and style  
>> sheet. My  suggestion was that this page could be an example for owners  
>> of other  sites to copy and adapt for their own sites.
>>  However, there is a serious problem in promoting accessibility of Web   
>> content because most users don't know how to take advantage of the   
>> accessibility features of their browsers, or choose more accessible   
>> browsers.
>>  This information shouldn't really be duplicated on each site. Some   
>> education & outreach work is needed to help people learn how to use  
>> their  browsers. I have in mind a small printed flyer, linked to the  
>> WAI site. We  could produce a page containing the source material, in  
>> different  languages, that other organisations can use as a basis for  
>> designing and  printing the flyer. Instructions would be general, not  
>> browser-specific.
>>  It could include:
>>  * What to look for when choosing a browser. Explain what a
>>   browser is (many people use one without knowing) and that
>>   there there are alternatives).
>>  * That one can change text size (again, few people know). How
>>   to do it, in general terms ("Most browser have an option
>>   for this: look in online help for 'text size'").
>>  * That the user can change the colours. How to to do it.
>>  * You can experiment with different style sheets. Link to
>>   a quick tutorial.
>>  * There are guidelines for browser manufacturers. Why don't
>>   they implement them? What you can do.
>>  I'm suggesting that the source material be an EOWG deliverable, but  
>> not  the printed flyer.
>>  best regards,
>>  Alan Chuter
>> Fundosa Teleservicios
>> ONCE Foundation
>> Madrid, Spain
>> Tel. +34 91 1210335

Alan Chuter
Fundosa Teleservicios
Tel. +34 91 1210335

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