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RE: Microsoft .NET and Accessibility

From: Ken Reader <kreader@attaininc.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 08:41:42 -0500
Message-ID: <DF1E0454B385774FA500E4CD4089F4D302892A@attaininc.org>
To: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>, <Demonpenta2@aol.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I am attending a .NET developers conference in Chicago, IL and will
definitely bring up some of these accessibility issues.  Not that I will
get any response but maybe someone will listen.

I also agree with Kynn.  I have met some of the people on the MS
accessibility team and they seem to be genuine in their efforts.
Especially given the fact the community of people with disabilities is a
growing market of consumers.

*-----Original Message-----
*From: Kynn Bartlett [mailto:kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com]
*Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2002 8:48 PM
*To: Access Systems; Demonpenta2@aol.com
*Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
*Subject: Re: Microsoft .NET and Accessibility
*At 7:25 PM -0500 1/27/02, Access Systems wrote:
*>On Sun, 27 Jan 2002 Demonpenta2@aol.com wrote:
*>  >        Does anyone else find it ironic MS went banging 
*about how it's
*>  > changing its focus to security and stability instead of new 
*>features lately?
*>can you say OXYMORON!
*I'm sorry, are we talking about accessibility or are we bashing
*Microsoft has an accessibility team.  These are generally allies in
*the fight against inaccessibility.  Has anyone tried contacting them
*to ask about .NET?  If Microsoft's little form widgets were made
*accessible to screenreaders and the like, this would generally be a
*win for accessibility, I believe.
*Ergo, we might do better approaching the Microsoft accessibility
*and/or .NET teams for a reasonable discussion, rather than shouting
*LINUX loudly or listing the litany of Microsoft sins.  (I know, I
*know, it's radical and of course it won't work, since Microsoft
*hates us all or something, but let's at least try before we get out
*the lynchin' rope.)
*Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                 http://kynn.com
*Chief Technologist, Idyll Mountain            http://idyllmtn.com
*Web Accessibility Expert-for-hire          http://kynn.com/resume
*January Web Accessibility eCourse           http://kynn.com/+d201
*Forthcoming: Teach Yourself CSS in 24 Hours
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