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placing Accessibility options

From: Bryan Campbell <bryany@pathcom.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 09:38:47 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
At 01:13 PM 19-08-98 -0700, "Charles (Chuck) Oppermann"
<chuckop@microsoft.com> wrote:
>Most Microsoft products group accessibility information in the
>"Accessibility" topic in the help system.

Here is 1 response to 2 replies. It is good to have Accessibility info as a
Help topic. Yet the Help menu item seldom has sub-items that change how a
program functions so it isn't too intuitive to have Accessibility settings
there. Also not every applet has Help or Preferences options so naming the
option seems too specific, though those aren't poor places for these
settings. Having Accessibility in the first option is a way to ensure that
the uninitiated (the point J Gunderson notes below) can easily come upon the
settings, & easily toggle them On/Off. File is the common first menu option & 
it has many varied sub-items in it. Example, Eudora email has 'Check Mail'
under File so it seems what goes under what menu option isn't too
structured, suggesting a particular location for a sub-item doesn't seem

>> At 09:04 AM 14-08-98 -0500, Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu> wrote
>>>users with disabilities will be relying on able bodied persons to help them
>>>learn how to use the browser, since many persons with disabilities do not
>>>have access to skilled users with their disability.  If an able bodied
>>>person does know a feature exists many users with disabilities may not,

>>make it easy for new people to find Access info perhaps the Group should
>>ask developers to always place Accessibility options under the first menu
>>item. Its function name wouldn't matter, it would hopefully become a
>>convention as computers become widespread.

>What about these locations:
> - Under preferences
> - In a Help menu. For instance, I see that in my Netscape Nav 4.5,
>   in the Help menu there's an "International Users" entry. 
>Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org) 


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