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Re: Common failures (was: Common failures and baseline)

From: Ineke van der Maat <inekemaa@xs4all.nl>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 03:18:08 +0200
Message-ID: <000d01c68062$43037c10$0201a8c0@inekem>
To: "Gregg Vanderheiden" <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "'Johannes Koch'" <koch@w3development.de>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Hello Gregg,

you wrote:
>If a technology is not supported by user agents including AT it should not
>be in a baseline -- and the content would not conform to WCAG 2.0.
>So I don't see where you see this as a failure.

>Can you explain?

I see it really as a failure because supported by UA or AT does not mean 
that the technology can be used by the UA or At without downloading a 
plug-in or program. And that should be the default for accessibility: no 
other plug-ins or programs necessary for visiting the page.
i know that many firms, schools and other institutes turned off downloading 
plug-ins or programs for security reasons.

Also I know that in most computerlocals and mediacenters in schools their is 
no possibility to use speakers, because students have to study in silence. 
Speakers are simply not available for hearing spoken word or music. That is 
also in public libraries.

So I don't understand why a baseline is necessary for accessibility: a 
website should be accessible and understandable without plug-ins and and 
other things that are not default in a browser and everything that can be 
turned off in browsers.

Ineke van der Maat
Received on Friday, 26 May 2006 01:18:42 UTC

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