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RE: GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible to People Who Are Blind

From: Michel Thouati <michel@lithium.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 18:15:09 -0800
Message-ID: <1119DF44DC4C504596BC71DD44D3BB54F8E2@ION.corp.lithium.com>
To: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>
Cc: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Bob-

I can tell you about our products as an example. We architect in java
but we serve most end-users on our customers' sites who use MS systems.
We want to be compatible with everyone - but, to take a specific
example, when we produce chat applets, how can we provide accessibility
to every OS? As a young startup, we have a hard time just addressing the
largest segment of the market... And, btw, we are opensource
(Java/Linux)- but our users (who browse on our applets) are the ones who
have a proprietary OS...

Take care,


-----Original Message-----
From: Access Systems [mailto:accessys@smart.net]
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 3:48 PM
To: Michel Thouati
Cc: WAI (E-mail)
Subject: RE: GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible to
People Who Are Blind

On Tue, 5 Mar 2002, Michel Thouati wrote:

> Here the question is:
> - should we expect that everyone who caters to a given clientele make
> their product accessible for this clientele (and only this one)? and
> answer is probably yes, i.e.:

depends, should a Sun system be accessible to Sun systems, yes but what
about people coming in from outside to investigate Sun products.

> - a site which works hard at making itself accessible to Mac users
> should probably be expected to be made Mac accessible as well
> - a site which only target MS users should probably only be expected
> provide accessibility to MS users.

heck MS isn't even accessible to users of older MS systems

> I think that it is also fine to expect progressivity in how
> is reached - i.e. we should probably expect MS accessiblility to be
> reached before Mac accessibility in the general case because of the
> relative % of the target users. Don't you think that it makes sense?

no it makes much more sense to build systems that can be used by
then move on to proprietary systems that have a system that has to be
to be entered (buying proprietary software or hardware)  MS can use
generic systems but MS systems cannot be used by generic systems, it is
one way access, in to MS but nothing gets out

> It's fine to be critical of profit - but without it there would be no
> site at all...

profit is fine, greedy monopolistic activities are not


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