Re: WWW, Mosiac, and Access for People with Disabilities

Sat, 24 Sep 1994 16:28:17 +0200

In article <> you write:

|>I'm an ardent reader of this listserv; this is my first reply to members. In
|>December, I'll be presenting at the MecklerMedia-sponsored Internet World
|>conference in Washington D.C.
|>Along with several colleagues in the field, I'll be addressing the issue of
|>accessibility of the WWW and Mosaic for people with disabilities, particularly
|>those shut out from the WWW because of the functional limitations of Mosiac
|>for people with disabilities.
|>It is true that Character Cell based browsers (LYNX) are helpful. But issues
|>related to file format, character display size, sound clips with out
|>captioning, descriptive video, and the play inaccessibility of Mosiac are
|>topics we'll be discussing during our panel session.
|>I would be interested and grateful to hear your thoughts and generate
|>meaningful dialog concerning these issues.

Just to sumarise some of the current work going on. We have been discussing
the HTML+ design specifically with respect to these issues. We hope to be
able to support speach synthesis, large type etc for the whole DTD including

Modularisation of the library should assist in the slotting in of custom
formatting routines eg for large type or special spacing (eg for dyslexia).
This mechanism needs to be carfully designed so that other formatting
modules can be inserted, eg a specialist Chemistry formatting routine.

Phillip M. Hallam-Baker

Not Speaking for anyone else.