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Re: Seeking guidance...

From: Chuck Letourneau <cpl@starlingweb.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2000 12:29:10 -0400
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To: McCathieNevile - Charles <charles@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Charles...

Just my personal opinion, but the rollovers I found at 
http://www.abletv.net fall into my category of "items, actions or images 
that convey no critical information", in that no content is being 
served.  Furthermore, in most (all?) graphical browsers, the sighted 
non-mouse user has other indications that the current link is the focus 
(e.g. the link is underlined, outlined, etc.). The same is true for people 
who use graphical browsers with images turned off, those who have disabled 
scripting, and those who use non-graphical browsers .  Thus, I think that 
the importance of providing an alternate for simple rollovers is diminished 
(when compared with providing alternates for menus or other content that 
appears as a result of a keyboard or mouse event).   Thus, from the 
"compliance-with-WCAG" point of view AbleTV fails, while from a usability 
perspective (in my opinion)  the omission is "access-neutral".

However, I feel strongly that page developers should (must) get into the 
habit of enabling device independent triggers on all suitable scripts in 
spite of the problems with the current crop of event-handlers noted earlier 
on the IG list.

Chuck Letourneau
Starling Access Services
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