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Re: Pentium III-only sites coming

From: Brian Kelly <lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 09:18:35 -0000
Message-ID: <004601be661f$fb7af030$3c92268a@bath.ac.uk>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>, Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: WAI <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I have to disagree (with the instant dismissal of use of the Pentium III
unique ID.)  Machine-understandable definitions of client capabilities is a
good thing.  Unfortunately transparent content negotiation hasn't really
taken off (although the W3C website does use TCN for sending PNG to
PNG-conformant browsers, otherwise it sends GIF).   With the grown in
network-aware PDAs, mobile phones, etc, there is renewed interest in
protocol solutions - as an example see the "Composite Capability/Preference
Profiles (CC/PP): A user side framework for content negotiation" Note at
<URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-CCPP  >

I would argue that the accessibility community should be lobbying for such
developments to take their needs into consideration (and I think you have
much to gain) rather than dismissing it out of hand.


Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus
UKOLN, University of Bath, BATH, England, BA2 7AY
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----- Original Message -----
From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: WAI <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 1999 3:06 PM
Subject: Re: Pentium III-only sites coming

>Well, I guess that's another black mark in Australia's copybook. Hopefully
>we do more good than bad though (smile).
>Whether the idea dies the death it probably deserves, or expands into the
>nightmare that people seem to fear, depends on how many people buy Pentium
>3 machines, and whether they then play in teh sites or just write comments
>saying they wished the money had been psent making their computer cheaper
>instead. (and leave the site alone. Unfortunately I haven't worked out how
>to have my cake and eat it. Yet.)
>Oh well. Interoperability won't be built in a day. (Although I sometimes
>wonder whether a bit more thinking would have eant that it could...)
>On Tue, 2 Mar 1999, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
>  At 01:30 p.m. 03/02/99 EST, Lovey@aol.com wrote:
>  >Please note the following article I was sent today.
>  >Pentium III-only sites coming
>  >By DAVID FLYNN | INTEL is working with several Australian content
providers to
>  >establish Web sites that are not only optimised for PCs based on the
>  >III processor but restricted to Pentium III machines.
>  Sounds like a really dopey idea.  About as dopey as the identity
>  tracking on Pentium IIIs.  I predict that this idea is dopey enough
>  that it will die just from being dopey once the Pentium III marketing
>  rush is over.
>  You know, using the same technology I suppose one could always
>  EXCLUDE Pentium IIIs as a way of protest.
>  --
>  Kynn Bartlett <kynn@hwg.org>
>  President, Governing Board Member
>  HTML Writers Guild <URL:http://www.hwg.org>
>--Charles McCathieNevile            mailto:charles@w3.org
>phone: +1 617 258 0992   http://purl.oclc.org/net/charles
>W3C Web Accessibility Initiative    http://www.w3.org/WAI
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