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Sat, 27 May 2000 17:02:45 -0700
[27/May/2000 Sat 03:55:55]
Larry W. Virden wrote:
> What is the group's plan to ensure that web users who require voice access
> to the web, who require small screen access to the web, or spider
> indexing can continue to access such sites?
Well, they'd probably make special considerations for web spiders.
Everyone wants hits, and site indexing helps that.
For the blind, I guess they'd need a graphical browser plugged
into some kind of OCR program to recover text from these vectorized
line-drawings *of* text, which in turn would have to be plugged
into a text-to-speech converter. If any such thing existed, it
would probably make HUGE demands for system memory and disk space.
I doubt it would run on low-end machines at all, and it would
probably be very expensive.
They're probably not thinking about handheld devices at all.
> Or are they planning on leaving the blind, mobile computing, and
> web search engines, out of their sites?
I'm sure they're not planning anything, except to make flashier,
prettier websites. The same kind of planning that goes into things
<A HREF="other_document.html" TARGET="new">Go!</A>
when the script only serves to define a popup window. [Question:
is it acceptable to use TARGET= when the document is not part
URL type, but I'm curious.]
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