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Subject: Re: HTML-enabled mailing lists
From: Subir Grewal <subir @ trill-home . com>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 18:10:41 -0500 (GMT-0500)
To: list-managers <list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM>
In-reply-to: <3 . 0 . 5 . 32 . 19980407202749 . 008806d0 @ mail . idyllmtn . com>

On Tue, 7 Apr 1998, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

:At 02:03 p.m. 04/07/98 -0700, Michael C. Berch wrote:
:>Besides, the screen readers for blind users (for Windows and X) that I know of
:>are easily configurable to ignore (or otherwise deal with) rich-text markup. 
:>(Otherwise how do you think they would cope with Web pages?)
:In general, blind people can't cope well with the web; most
:people design for "general case" (i.e., "whatever I had six
:months ago"), and the visually impaired have a hard time
:using the web in the same way you or I would.

Most visually impaired internet users use a combination of a text browser
and a braille reader/ speech synthesizer.  Most visually impaired users
use text browsers because navigation is simpler for them with arrow keys
than with a mouse.  A number of sight impaired users I have corresponded
with use Lynx (with it's nice "numbered links" feature for navigation) and
some sort of speech synthesizer to browse the web.  Very few of them use a
Windows type interface since it is so visually grounded.  Very few have
access to the, as yet, extremely expensive dictation/voice activated
software on the market.   

hostmaster @
 trill-home .
 com + Lynx 2.8 + NeXT/PGP mail +

The engines of mass communication, in their highest state of
development, assail the eyes and ears of the community on behalf of more
beer but not of more schools.

-- John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society

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