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Re: Accessable Chat

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 06:16:04 -0500 (EST)
To: Christian Seus <cas@ichp.edu>
cc: "WAI (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0203080611230.24063-100000@tux.w3.org>
My very personal 2 cents worth:

I would be extremely unhappy about a health-care related system that was
inaccessible. If it were not possible to find an alternative I would, of
course undertstand.

Anyway, I think the most widely accessible chat system (except for people
with significant intellectual disabilities, or difficulty typing and no voice
input systems - both groups who are not well-served by most existing chat
systems) is based on IRC - there are any number of clients, including some
that work well with screen readers, some rudimentary attempts at producing
them to work well for various other users, and it is available on virtually
every software platform.

Charles McCN

On Thu, 7 Mar 2002, Christian Seus wrote:

  I am looking for opinions and experiences on accessible chat rooms.

  I am in the market to purchase a chat program that could be used as an added feature on mostly health care related websites.

  Is there an accessible chat program that is currently on the market?  Has anyone used accessible chat programs with a great ease of use?

  What would be your stance on a website that had a chat room that wasn't accessible to all users?  Do you just not have chat?  Or would you tolerate it?

  Thank you for your thoughts,


  Christian Seus

  Technology Specialist

  Division of Policy and Program Affairs

  Institute for Child Health Policy

  5700 SW 34th Street, Suite 323

  Gainesville, FL 32608

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  Phone: (352) 392-5904 x.275

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  E-mail: cas@ichp.edu

  Web: <www.ichp.edu>

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Charles McCathieNevile [mailto:charles@w3.org]
  Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 10:10 AM
  To: Access Systems
  Cc: WAI (E-mail)
  Subject: RE: GW Micro Helps Make Macromedia Flash Content Accessible to People Who Are Blind

  On Wed, 6 Mar 2002, Access Systems wrote:

    On Wed, 6 Mar 2002, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

    > ASCII text is not a solution that works. "ASCII art" - using text characters
    > and layout to represent graphic content - is an extremely poor choice for
    > making graphics that can be presented to users of braille, or people using

    wasn't suggesting that it be used for graphics, your right almost no way a
    person using a braille or text to speech reader could understand it.

    that is where the alt tag is handy

  OK, so it seems we are in agreement on that bit.
  Bob also said
    I was pretty sure there was a text set for most languages, I have seen the
    Japanese version
    there is no one single method that everyone can use, but there is a single
    language that every computer can use and that is ASCII.

  OK, I think we are getting closer. ASCII is a way of encoding a particular
  set of characters - those used in American English. (Actually not all
  computers can use it - IBM computers used a different system for a long
  time...) There are equivalent systems for other kinds of characters - and
  Unicode (also called ISO-10646, or some other names) is the one most commonly
  recommended because it includes almost all characters used today, some no
  longer used, and some for only strange usages like the "klingon language"
  invented by fans of star trek. (In 64000 characters I guess the first few
  people to add their own silly ideas get to have a bit of space. I would
  have preferred Mayan, but there are probably more  speakers of Klingon!).



Charles McCathieNevile    http://www.w3.org/People/Charles  phone: +61 409 134 136
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