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Re: Inaccessible Compliant Sites

From: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 04:42:55 -0700
To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Message-ID: <web-6521918@romulus.csulb.edu>

I also agree with Barry and Alan... 
avoiding barriers is central.  As 
Helle points out we cannot find all 
barriers due to unidentified needs of 
specific disabilities.

For example, the guidelines don't 
address the needs of partially sighted 
users very well.  They are lumped with 
blind users even when their 
accomodations are not compatible. 
 Most W3C literature refers to screen 
magnification (zoom) as the end of 
treatment for partial sight.  The 
combination of simple zoom technology 
together with layout tables or frames 
is almost impossible to use.

When you are a user with a disability 
that is not addressed properly by 
standards, you find yourself in a 
difficult employment situation.  Your 
employer expects you to read certain 
documents.  The employer claims good 
faith by complying with W3C at 
Priority 1.  In the US the Office of 
Civil Rights will be hard pressed to 
cite an employer for not making 
reasonable accomodation.



Wayne Dick PhD
Chair Computer Engineering and 
Computer Science
Director WebAdapt2Me Project at CSULB
Received on Friday, 28 April 2006 11:43:07 UTC

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