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RE: Accessible _By_

From: Anthony Quinn <anthony@frontend.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 10:21:00 -0000
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Hi folks,

I also agree that relating the problems of accessibility to the needs of
real people is a good thing. While I believe that validators like Bobby, or
tools like A-prompt are useful and there is no doubt that they contribute to
an overall improvement in accessibility, it would be great if there was a
tool which could simulate the user experience caused by accessibility

Developers and designers are a key audience and the tools that exist at the
moment are pitched at this audience in so far as they show someone how to
fix or avoid accessibility problems at a HTML level. However, before a
designer can effectively solve a usability problem, they have to have some
insight into what the problem feels like from a user's point of view.

The same applies for "influencers", or people who run and commission web
projects.  These people are the ones who provide direction and make
accessibility, or usability a priority for design teams. They know nothing
about HTML and are not usually interested in learning.

To my knowledge, there is no "tool" which can emulate the user experience
and ground the problem in terms that people can understand and relate to but
I could be wrong. Does anyone know of such a thing?


-----Original Message-----
From: Kynn Bartlett [mailto:kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com]
Sent: 19 January 2001 05:29
To: Charles F. Munat; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: Accessible _By_

At 5:10 PM -0800 1/18/01, Charles F. Munat wrote:
>I agree that relating any kind of injustice to real people instead of to
>abstract ideals is a better idea. But just to reiterate - as Kynn
>acknowledges - that was not what I was referring to.

Agreed, I didn't have any dispute with anything Charles said, I was
just using his phrasing to spark my own tangent on an unrelated

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Received on Friday, 19 January 2001 05:21:02 UTC

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