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RE: [media] Bobby blows whistle on inaccessible Web pages

From: David Clark <david@davidsaccess.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 11:03:32 -0400
To: <paciello@webable.com>, "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, "Kathleen Anderson" <kathleen.anderson@po.state.ct.us>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NEBBKDCICLDNGPLCEIHLMEKMCDAA.david@davidsaccess.com>

I completely agree with both you and Kynn. Though the name is, at times,
problematic, it is a very recognizable brand that is known in the broader

There have been extremely strong rumors that CAST is planning to drop the
Bobby name entirely, for these reason\s. I believe that this would be an
extreme disservice to the whole web accessibility "cause".


David M. Clark
16 Harcourt Street, #2I
Boston, MA  02116

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Mike Paciello
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 10:48 AM
To: Kynn Bartlett; Kathleen Anderson; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: [media] Bobby blows whistle on inaccessible Web pages

Kynn --

Your view may be correct -- unfortunately, you're also fighting the market
presence of the Bobby brand. I'll wager that the public at large knows more
about who/what Bobby is than they do about CAST....I wouldn't change the
name or the icon at this point. Wait until market maturity has maxed out,
then make the change.

- Mike

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Kynn Bartlett
> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 10:20 AM
> To: Kathleen Anderson; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: [media] Bobby blows whistle on inaccessible Web pages
> At 10:13 AM -0400 9/7/00, Kathleen Anderson wrote:
> >Bobby 3.2, a free application from the Center for Applied Special
> >Technology, analyzes Web page source code for accessibility to disabled
> >users.
> >>From the September 4, 2000 issue of Government Computer News:
> >http://www.gcn.com/vol19_no26/news/2841-1.html
> BTW, just since it's semi-topical, I feel the "policeman" motif
> and metaphor for Bobby is rather sadly mischosen...I feel there's
> a negative aspect associated with the idea of Bobby "policing"
> Web like some sort of "accessibility cop" instead of being a
> useful tool for self-analysis.  It's unfortunate that an image
> of authority and law enforcement was selected and is the most
> visible "public face" of the Web accessibility movement.
> --Kynn
> PS:  Or maybe it's just that I live in Los Angeles...
> --
> --
> Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
> http://www.kynn.com/
Received on Thursday, 7 September 2000 11:03:05 UTC

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