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Re: Response to Lakespur Roca

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 10:35:44 -0400
Message-Id: <4.1.19991018093835.00b0ee60@pop3.concentric.net>
Message-Id: <4.1.19991018093835.00b0ee60@pop3.concentric.net>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Cc: User Agent Guidelines Emailing List <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
aloha, jon!

i'd be interested in working with Netscape to improve keyboard support for
Navigator on the MS-Windows platform, as that is the platform upon which i find
myself (and the constituents whom i represent as an invited expert to the WAI)
working most often...  

first, however, i have a few questions:

1) were lakespur's comments posted to the UA list?  i couldn't find any posts
with her listed as Sender...

2) does she want comments out of the blue (a wish list) or does she want to
know how NS's current (rudimentary) keyboard support could be strengthened?

3) what's wrong with using the UAAG as a blueprint for extending NS's
rudimentary keyboard support?  several developers used the ATAG as a blueprint,
even as that document evolved...

4) what real good will engendering NS's keyboard support do if the help system
that is distributed along with Navigator remains as inaccessible as when i
reviewed it as part of my conformance eval [1]?  if one builds an accessible
kiosk in the forest, but doesn't post any talking signs so that the blind user
can locate and use it, can it really be considered accessible?  while i'm not
sure, myself, about the answer to that question, i am sure that it doesn't make
any noise!


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/1999JulSep/0301.html

on10/7/99 Jon Gunderson wrote:
>I think the UA group could provide a valuable service to Netscape by
>providing an organized response to Lakespur request for help on keyboard
>issues for the next release of Netscape.  The response could address the
>X-Windows, MS-Windows and Macintosh versions of there navigator product.
>The results could be integrated into our techniques document.
>Is there anybody interested in participating in developing a report?
>If so which operating system plateform are you interested in reviewing?
He that lives on Hope, dies farting
     -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
   WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
Received on Monday, 18 October 1999 10:30:16 UTC

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