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Re: lynx-dev latest status on java script support?

From: Leslie Fairall
Subject: Re: lynx-dev latest status on java script support?
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 15:03:53 -0500 (EST)

As a blind person myself, I don't believe we would have a case at all.
Jaws for Windows makes Internet Explorer accessible which supports
Javascript. Many blind people have abandoned their Unix shell accounts
because they believed they would have better access to the Internet in
Windows. This is not true in the case of email, but the belief has
merit in the case of the web. Those of us who still enjoy using our shell
accounts are forced to use Windows products for some tasks, even though we
would prefer lynx and other text-based programs. It is my belief that more
blind people would have stuck with their shell accounts if lynx supported
Javascript and ultimately met their overall needs.

On Tue, 5 Mar 2002, Ian Collier wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 05, 2002 at 11:31:11AM -0500, A. R. Vener wrote:
> > There is a lot of interest in Javascript among the blind community.
> > Currently the lack of js support is one of the major barriers
> > facing blind individuals who wish to use Linux. As more and more sites
> > hide their links, especially audio links, behind JS scripts, more and
> > more blind computer users feel they are forced to use MS Windows just
> > to have access to the internet resources which are currently denied to
> > them under Lynx.
> If you are a blind Lynx user, you have an excellent case for writing
> to the owner of the web site and demanding that they get rid of the
> JavaScript before they get sued under the disabilities discrimination
> laws...
> Yeah I know in practice this won't make a big difference to the web,
> but I do find the preponderance of unnecessary JavaScript rather
> irritating.  However, I do still do most of my browsing with JavaScript
> firmly switched off.
> (In my opinion, about 80% of the JavaScript out there is totally
> unnecessary, and 19 of the remaining 20% is due to lazy programming.)
> imc
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