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Re: Some thoughts regarding DW

On Tue, Aug 16, 2005 at 07:43:34PM +1000, Helen Faulkner wrote:

> As I understand the issue, nobody suggested that people should not use a
> text browser.  The only problem was, briefly, a problem with a particular
> browser which was (and I assume still is) buggy.

As of the version currently in etch, lynx is still buggy in the sense that
it does not know how to display XHTML even when served with a proper MIME
type.  This is not and never was an issue of the Debian Women project, or
anyone in it, choosing to publish broken non-standard pages; the simple fact
is that the *particular* standard that was being employed, the same one that
Jutta feels it is her business to lecture me about, is not supported by
lynx even though all other browsers I've looked at in Debian (including all
other text browsers) support it.

> My clear understanding is that there are browsers available which are
> suitable for people with different levels of disability and which are also
> standards compliant.

It was Jutta's claim that the only browser in Debian that meets the needs of
blind users who require a screen reader is lynx.  I don't know if this is
actually the case; I don't have any experience with screen readers, and I
don't remember the specific objections to using links or w3m.  I do know
that lynx is an abysmal web browser for the sighted, and not just because of
its lack of support for xhtml, but I realize that the things that are wins
in links and w3m for me may not be wins for the blind.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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