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Re: Public Computers (WAS Apache Authentication)

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From: Jukka K. Korpela
Date: Mar 25, 2006 7:00AM


On Sat, 25 Mar 2006, Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> The most sustainable solution for this situation would, in my opinion, be to
> make providers of public machines (libraries etc) aware that, in order to
> provide the same quality of service to a greater number of users (including
> those with low vision, "silver surfers", etc), they should provide the
> ability to change these settings and have staff available to assist these
> users if needed.

Indeed - and have clearly written instructions too. That would help _many_
people. Unfortunately, public institutions may now even disable the font
size changing tools of Internet Explorer! The answer is _not_ that we
should put size changing widgets on our web pages; we would address just a
small part of the problem, and we could even become part of it, since the
clueless could then say that "all pages" contain size controls so that
browsers can be procrustinated!

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Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/