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RE: Accessibility for Deaf/Dumb

From: Mark Gristock <mark.gristock@jkd.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 09:24:58 +0100
Message-ID: <62EE227ED73D744982D34F752E24A4772D0857@exchangesvr-002.jkd.co.uk>
To: "John Colby" <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> Moot point - depends on what is considered a 'reasonable adjustment'.

I think that's too simplistic. Reasonable adjustment is only a legal
term - it has nothing to do with brand values or communication
objectives. If the client has invested heavily in accessibility
services, and this is a USP for the business, then it may feel that
signposting this through the use of icons and appropriate imagery
provides benefits to both business and user. In this case, simply
building a compliant site may not be enough.

Also, in my view iconography is one of the most overlooked areas of
accessibility. People with learning difficulties are taught to read
using associated imagery, and there may well be a case that other
people's comprehension of key functionality and site areas maybe
improved - e.g. scanning pages and multi-lingual sites.

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of John Colby
Sent: 06 October 2005 09:11
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: Accessibility for Deaf/Dumb

Moot point - depends on what is considered a 'reasonable adjustment'. My
take is that 'if you can see it you should also le able to hear it and
if you cam hear it you should also be able to read it' is a reasonable
adjustment. Overcomplicating things does not assist but obscures.


John Colby 
Lecturer, Department of Computing, The Business School,
Room F328a, Feeney Building, University of Central England,
Franchise Street, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU
Tel: +44 (0) 121 331 6937
Essential Website - http://essential.tbs.uce.ac.uk
-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Julian Voelcker
Sent: 06 October 2005 09:00
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Accessibility for Deaf/Dumb

Morning All,

A client of ours has suggested putting some sign language images on 
their site that tells visitors to call a special phone line kitted out 
for braille based phones.

My gut feeling is that this is taking things too far and anybody that 
is deaf or dumb would be able to read normal text so the sign language 
would be unnecessary.

Am I wrong?

Any feedback would be appreciated.


Julian Voelcker
Cirencester, United Kingdom

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