Thread Subject: I-Without Physical Contact
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Date: Mon, Mar 10 2008 5:05 PM
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The following is an update to Version 2 of the Without Physical Contact
FPC. This is a joint Panasonic/Canon proposal.
The revision acknowledges that some actions, such as loading or removing
paper or consumables may require physical contact. Also, voice control is
added to voice dialing to broaden the applicability of this approach. Of
course, both these methods are subject to limitations per other
Update to Version 2:
I- Without Physical Contact
Products with a visual interface must provide at least one mode that
allows the product to be accessible for people with disabilities with only
minimal physical contact with the product visual interface such as
power-on, initialization of a call, change of a mode of operation, or
initial connection and setup of a special interface device. This access
may be provided directly or through assistive technology.
Rationale and Notes
Â· It is well known that a large population of people with physical
disabilities cannot reach out to touch a product or cannot reach out long
enough to actually operate a product physically.
Â· While it is preferable that no contact at all be required, some
physical contact may be needed to turn power on, initialize a telephone
call, load or remove paper or consumables, or change mode of operation. In
some cases it may be required for the user to be assisted by a companion
or bystander with these operations.
Â· Assistive Technology examples:
o The use of a standard network interface (e.g. USB, Ethernet, IEEE
1394, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) that allows users to control the product
using software via a wired or wireless network connection would meet this
o The use of the infra-red (?IR?) port used for remote controls in
consumer electronics products would meet this provision.
Â· Direct Access examples:
o Voice dialing or voice control is an example of direct access.
Access to voice dialing or voice control may require physical contact with
the product to initiate the call or change mode of operation to enable
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