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Re: Web Accessibility For Notetakers


From: Simon Evans
Date: Nov 18, 2015 10:19AM

Hi Ella,

WinCE with only IE6 being so popular in disability contexts definitely
gives this merit; its still supported/licensed until 2016/2018 too, so
brand new BrailleNotes and several popular AAC/enviroment focused
devices still ship with it. Even when newer hardware allows a move to
later operating systems, the high cost of these devices will often mean
a geological lifespan for earlier models.

Accessibility was a good argument for maintaining limited 'IE6 support'
on websites, but one that was drowned out by the huge weight of hate
against it in general use and the focus on screenreaders and new
Standards in accessibility circles. Since its official demise on
desktops, most developers probably don't consider IE6 for an instant and
awareness of specialist hardware is generally quite low.

I'd guess if you raise the prominence of the use case, some influential
bloggers/writers might pick up on it - it's quite an interesting,
'counter-cultural' issue and one that adversely effects thousands of people.


On 11/11/2015 1:28 AM, Ella Yu wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm hoping this is acceptable for this list. I'm wondering if it is
> possible to make certain sites such as outlook, gmail, google services
> (play, groups and drive) and yahoo services more accessible for people
> who have old browsers and are unable to upgrade. I think these sites
> could be simplified and have the same essential features. What do you
> think?