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Re: Are forms accessible

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@access.digex.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 23:51:42 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199711040451.XAA24217@access5.digex.net>
To: phoenixl@netcom.com (Scott Luebking)
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, basr-l@trace.wisc.edu, techwatch@trace.wisc.edu
to follow up on what Scott Luebking said:

> If a legal challenge was needed in the future, on what basis
> could it be stated that web pages are (or are not) accessible?

Probably not, ipso facto, their inclusion or exclusion of forms.

> What I originally brought up is whether forms could be
> considered accessible to blind people.

That question is too broad to have a yes/no answer.  As you said,

> Blind users have a wide range of success using buttons on forms
> depending on the combination of screen reader and browser.

We want to move that distribution until it is clustered at the
"high degree of success" end.  To do that maybe we should try to
learn what it is that does and doesn't work.  It's not so simple
as being a form or not being a form.  We probably need to take a
variety of cases and examine them in more detail.  Then maybe we
can learn how to discipline both the composition of the forms and
the behavior of the user equipment so that usability is the norm,
not pot luck.

I imagine that is what the groups working with Jon, Chuck and
Gregg are setting out to do.

-- Al Gilman
Received on Monday, 3 November 1997 23:55:33 UTC

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