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RE: What assistive technology does (and doesn't do)

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From: Rachel Tanenhaus
Date: Dec 16, 2003 2:32PM


Hi, Derek,

This is definitely along those lines; thank you! How completely nifty!


I guess my next step is to fire off a letter to the WAI folks asking
them at what point they determine that enough AT have adopted a given
behavior that it can be assumed to be more or less universal - and
therefore taken into considering when designing accessibility
guidelines.

(And Gez, I don't know if you're on this list - I've seen you on others
- but thanks for making the chart!)

-Rachel

Rachel H. Tanenhaus, MPH
Information Specialist
New England ADA & Accessible IT Center
374 Congress Street, Suite 301
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 695-0085 (v/tty)
or (800) 949-4232 (v/tty) (in New England)
Fax: (617) 482-8099
E-mail: <EMAIL REMOVED>
URL: www.NewEnglandADA.org

-----Original Message-----
From: Derek Featherstone [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 4:10 PM
To: <EMAIL REMOVED>
Subject: RE: What assistive technology does (and doesn't do)

Rachel Tanenhaus wrote:
> I think the question the designers had was
> more along the lines of, "Well, if there's ONE behavior that
> we can attribute to all AT, are there others? Is there a
> list of such behaviors? And if so, at what point would a
> behavior make a list - if 80% of the available technologies
> perform the behavior, if one technology with 90% of the
> market performs the behavior, etc.?"

Hi Rachel -- perhaps this may be more along the lines of what you are
looking for:

The Assistive Device Behaviour Chart, maintained by Gez Lemon over at
JuicyStudio
http://juicystudio.com/assistivedeviceschart.asp

It isn't completely exhaustive, but it is a great start. As we all learn
more about AT behaviours, we are encouraged to contribute to the chart
so
that we all benefit.

Best regards,
Derek.
--
Derek Featherstone <EMAIL REMOVED>
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca 1.866.932.4878 (North America)


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