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RE: Alertbox: Alternative Interfaces for Accessibility

From: Lauke PH <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 09:28:48 +0100
Message-ID: <3A1D23A330416E4FADC5B6C08CC252B943FE2D@misnts6.mis.salford.ac.uk>
To: "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Apologies for the previous message being completely in the wrong thread...I've inadvertedly clicked the wrong email to reply to.


From the alertbox article: "Linearizing a 2-D layout is simply not as usable as having a good designer create a targeted 1-D layout."

While this is certainly true for "traditional" table-based layouts, I would posit that - with the use of DIVs and CSS - designers (can and do) create code for webpages in a 1-D linear flow, and only afterwards - through positioning of the individual DIVs - turn it into a 2-D representation.
I've given up on Nielsen lately...imho he always walks between stating the blindingly (no pun intended) obvious and being slightly out of step with specific technical developments. Then again, I might just be biased.

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-----Original Message-----
From: John Foliot - bytown internet [mailto:foliot@bytowninternet.com]
Sent: 07 April 2003 17:55
To: W3c-Wai-Ig
Subject: FW: Alertbox: Alternative Interfaces for Accessibility

Not sure how many people on this list read Jacob... sometimes I agree with
him, sometimes I think he's way off base, but the topic line is relevant to
this list (and this time I tend to agree with him <grin>).



-----Original Message-----
From: Jakob Nielsen [mailto:alertbox@nngroup.com]
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2003 1:20 PM
To: Alertbox Announcement List
Subject: Alertbox: Alternative Interfaces for Accessibility

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for April 7 is now online at:

The key difference between user interfaces for sighted users and blind
users is not that between graphics and text; it's the difference between
2-D and 1-D. Optimal usability for users with disabilities requires new
approaches and new user interfaces.


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