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[Irl-dean] Accessible Google Search?

Paul Walsh paul at segala.com
Mon Jul 24 13:36:42 IST 2006


Ah, but have you seen how they identify what an accessible site is? That's
not done properly, hence my email to Google.

-----Original Message-----
From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie
[mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of Gerry Ellis
Sent: 23 July 2006 14:56
To: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
Subject: Re: [Irl-dean] Accessible Google Search?

Hi,

below is a quote from an email that I first read introducing the new
accessibility aspects of google:

> It is supposed to rank the results by accessibility. That is, the most
> accessible websites are listed first in the results page. Haven't played
> with it enough to see if that is actually the case but wanted to pass
> this along.



Thus, it seems that it is the result of the search that is affected by this
change much more than the actual screen used to input search criteria. this
makes better sense to me as I also have no problem using the existing google
search pages.


Take care,

Gerry Ellis
t/a Feel The BenefIT

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Walsh" <paul at segala.com>
To: <irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie>
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 12:07 PM
Subject: RE: [Irl-dean] Accessible Google Search?


> I've already emailed TV Raman and their desktop search guy with these
views,
> in a very nice diplomatic way of course.
> 
> Paul
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie
> [mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of Mark Magennis
> Sent: 21 July 2006 09:52
> To: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
> Subject: Re: [Irl-dean] Accessible Google Search?
> 
> 
> On 20 Jul 2006, at 12:20, Paul Walsh wrote:
> 
> > It's damaging to continue talking about accessibility as if it's  
> > just for
> > the blind/visually impaired! I wish people would start to use  
> > different use
> > cases and benefits.
> 
> It's also damaging to reduce the functionality for the "special  
> version". There is no link to Advanced Search or Preferences and no  
> spell check.
> 
> Although this is work in progress, it currently reinforces the  
> incorrect and damaging idea that accessibility is about providing  
> special adaptations for people with vision impairment and necessarily  
> means simplifying it by getting rid of functionality and aesthetics.  
> Hopefully this is just work in progress.
> 
> Mark
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