Re: Are accessibility guidelines defined for the blind?

Hi Len,

"Leonard R. Kasday" wrote:
> p.s.
> I'm actually more familiar with the term "low vision" than "partial
> sight".  Is the term "partial sight" more used in Europe?

No, they are used both. I think partial sighted means something between
normal sighted and someone with a serious low vision. I think the term
partial sighted is often used for elder people. 

Regards Peter
> At 09:36 AM 5/2/00 +0200, Peter Verhoeven wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >This is not the first time that I bring up this point, but because I got
> >less responce here a new try.
> >
> >The WAI often mentions numbers of people that having problems accessing
> >web pages of the Internet. I often read the number 10 million. Are those
> >10 million people blind? No, they are not blind at all. A lot of them
> >are sight impaired which is not the same.
> >In the "quick tips" I read only tips to make web pages accessible to
> >blind, or maybe to make web pages accessible by using Lynx? If I check
> >web pages with real accessibility problems for sight impaired with
> >Bobby, it tells me Congratulations your web page is Bobby Appoved. I
> >only need to do some manual checking, but all these checkpoints have
> >nothing to do with things like universal design and color contrast.
> >
> >A growing number of web pages are designed "system dependent" that
> >means, that if I don't have a special display resolution or font size
> >setting a lot of information on the web pages is outside my screen and
> >the only way to access is to track on bars.
> >Some web designers don't like trackbars and disable them, so it becomes
> >realy impossible to get some information on the page. But the page is
> >Bobby approved (Congratulations!).
> >
> >In the statistics from visitors to my web site The Screen Magnifiers
> >Homepage at I see that 25% of my visitors have
> >a display resolution of 640x480. We as sight impaired use this
> >resolution often because the the text on hte screen is much lagere than
> >in a higher resolution and setting a high resolution means that you need
> >a more powerful system with more memory to let a screen magnifier
> >performs well.
> >
> >A lot of these problems occurs in table and frames constructions and
> >personaly I know it is often difficult to solve these problems also if
> >you specified a table width of 640. If an image inside the table is
> >larger than 640 or a word in a cell is larger the width of the table
> >increases. A lot of web designers don't want to use percentages for
> >defining table widh, because the lines of text becomes so long if
> >someone has set a high display resolution. The problem "long line" seems
> >to have a higher priority than "horizontal scrollbars".
> >
> >In my opinion a lot of these problems could be solved by the makers of
> >browsers.
> >In my opinion more attention is needed for accessibility problems that
> >partially sighted have?
> >
> >Regards Peter Verhoeven
> --
> Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
> Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
> Department of Electrical Engineering
> Temple University
> 423 Ritter Annex, Philadelphia, PA 19122
> (215) 204-2247 (voice)
> (800) 750-7428 (TTY)

Received on Tuesday, 2 May 2000 10:13:01 UTC