[Accessibility] Questions needing answers
T. V. Raman
tvraman at us.ibm.com
Wed Jan 14 22:36:47 PST 2004
What aspects of accessibility are better addressed by an open
Adaptive technologies for commercial platforms --- created and
distributed under a commercial motive---
only materialize *after* a large market is proven ---- or
*after* legislation makes it difficult for vendors to sell to
big customers without a minimal level of accessibility.
In either case, the end-user is not well served, we've seen this
in the case of the most widely deployed user environment on PCs.
The situation is no different from that off productivity suites
being internationalized only for the most widely used languages.
At the end of the day, accessibility is about users with
*special* needs -- with emphasis on the *special* ---- and the
open source model of a developer with an itch to scratch being
free to create the *right* solution --- without being
encumbered by the usual commercial questions of "how big is the
market " creates opportunities for innovation that often never
exist in the commercial world.
Q: Why accessibility for Linux if the majority of the user
community is already using Windows screenreaders?
A: Need for accessibility ---- and that the *right* form of
accessibility--- to the emerging plethora of devices.
T. V. Raman: PhD (Cornell University)
IBM Research: Human Language Technologies
Architect: Conversational And Multimodal WWW Standards
Phone: 1 (408) 927 2608 T-Line 457-2608
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Email: tvraman at us.ibm.com
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