blind friendly or people friendly

Janina Sajka janina at
Sun Feb 3 13:54:47 EST 2002


Let's hope the judge knows how to spell monopoly.

On Sun, 3 Feb 2002, Charles Hallenbeck wrote:

> All the recent posts about how to configure outlook express to be
> "blind friendly" is a little troubling to me. It seems to me that
> the issue is bigger than that. There are industry standards, and
> there are Microsoft standards, and often the problem comes
> because the two are not the same. One way to resolve the problem
> is for everyone, blind or otherwise, to use outlook express and
> thus use Microsoft standards everywhere. But the world is larger
> than Microsoft, and many of us who use Linux follow the industry
> standard - e.g., plain text for email, iso8859-1 for a standard
> western character set, and the like.
> Another way to resolve the problem is for users of outlook
> express, blind or otherwise, to configure their software to
> adhere to industry standards rather than Microsoft standards. I
> think that is very different from being "blind friendly"... It is
> being "people friendly".
> Grumpily - Chuck
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				Janina Sajka, Director
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