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Re: placing Accessibility options

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 10:56:53 -0400 (EDT)
To: Bryan Campbell <bryany@pathcom.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.02.9808201056300.25271-100000@shell.clark.net>
I like it in options, prefferences or perhaps a menu by its self?

On Thu, 20 Aug 1998, Bryan Campbell wrote:

BCAt 01:13 PM 19-08-98 -0700, "Charles (Chuck) Oppermann"
BC<chuckop@microsoft.com> wrote:
BC>Most Microsoft products group accessibility information in the
BC>"Accessibility" topic in the help system.
BCHere is 1 response to 2 replies. It is good to have Accessibility info as a
BCHelp topic. Yet the Help menu item seldom has sub-items that change how a
BCprogram functions so it isn't too intuitive to have Accessibility settings
BCthere. Also not every applet has Help or Preferences options so naming the
BCoption seems too specific, though those aren't poor places for these
BCsettings. Having Accessibility in the first option is a way to ensure that
BCthe uninitiated (the point J Gunderson notes below) can easily come upon the
BCsettings, & easily toggle them On/Off. File is the common first menu option & 
BCit has many varied sub-items in it. Example, Eudora email has 'Check Mail'
BCunder File so it seems what goes under what menu option isn't too
BCstructured, suggesting a particular location for a sub-item doesn't seem
BC>> At 09:04 AM 14-08-98 -0500, Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu> wrote
BC>>>users with disabilities will be relying on able bodied persons to help them
BC>>>learn how to use the browser, since many persons with disabilities do not
BC>>>have access to skilled users with their disability.  If an able bodied
BC>>>person does know a feature exists many users with disabilities may not,
BC>>make it easy for new people to find Access info perhaps the Group should
BC>>ask developers to always place Accessibility options under the first menu
BC>>item. Its function name wouldn't matter, it would hopefully become a
BC>>convention as computers become widespread.
BC>What about these locations:
BC> - Under preferences
BC> - In a Help menu. For instance, I see that in my Netscape Nav 4.5,
BC>   in the Help menu there's an "International Users" entry. 
BC>Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org) 
BC-> "Just because we call it the Web does not mean its supposed to tangle
BCpeople up!"

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