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- From: Lee Anne Phillips <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: xml-dev <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 17:31:47 -0800
At Wednesday 1/19/00 07:02 PM -0500, Ann Navarro wrote:
>At 03:38 PM 1/19/00 -0800, Dave Winer wrote:
> >The market is moving to IE 5 at a quick pace now. And there are plenty of
> >popular web sites that only work with IE5.The more of these there are, the
> >easier it will be to settle on IE 5 as the default browser.
>Your conclusions are highly debatable.
I agree with Ann here. As has been correctly pointed out, there are plenty
of sites that use Lynx as a default browser, and much of the low-vision and
blind user community will *never* "upgrade" to IE 4 or above, ever.
In addition to the commercial concern of limiting your market, failing to
take Lynx and other text-mode browsers into account when you design a site
is quite probably engineering malpractice and an invitation to an ADA
lawsuit for many sites, assuming the site does anything useful for which a
person with a disability might need equal access and reasonable
accommodation to use.
We can note that not so very long ago "the market moved" toward imposing
steps at the entrances to public buildings in utter disregard for a
significant portion of the population. Which steps are now being
retrofitted with expensive ramps, elevators, and other workarounds
addressing the design failures of short-sighted (or arrogant) architects in
the days before ADA.
While it might be fun to use the latest and greatest of everything, it will
be far less fun to redesign an entire site to provide a parallel path for
users with disabilities.
The US Department of Justice has already issued rulings specifically
addressing Web site design, which basically seem to say that mere ignorance
or the unavailability of accessibility features in a particular toolset is
no excuse, since accessibility guidelines and tools *are* available and
have been for some time. If you don't use them, or fail to take
accessibility into account and provide for it, you, or your customer, may
well be entirely liable for the entire cost of remediation with no fiscal
limits based on "reasonability."
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