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That's what I've been saying...
I love The Register for articles like this.

Excerpt:
Deri Jones, SciVisum's CEO warns that companies are in danger of damaging their brands by not addressing accessibility issues properly. "When webmasters design first for Internet Explorer and not standards-compliant browsers, they so often end up restricting user access to the website which has detrimental affects for a company," he said.

He went on to describe it as surprising that companies still fail to accommodate a variety of browsers, and warns that taking a non-standard approach limits a website's audience, and risks alienating some users.

The company recommends that web designers switch to using Cascading Style Sheets, and check pages using browsers other than Internet Explorer. It also suggests that anyone planning a redesign should consider using an open source content management system, such as Plone or Mambo.

Usability firm Human Factors International also expressed surprised that businesses still have not dealt with the issue of multiple browsers. Company managing director Jerome Nadel described the question of making a site accessible to multiple browsers as "a no brainer".

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From: ninjarat Date: June 22nd, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Thing is, the way the IE-only people think, they *don't* *care* that they're not reaching whatever chunk of the potential market . In their estimations, if you use Firefox or Opera or Safari or Lynx or a text-to-Braile browser or anything other than IE then you aren't their market by definition. They do not see you as being a lost sale because you never were a potential sale.

No, it doesn't make sense to me.
malone From: malone Date: June 22nd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
See, I've always kinda ponderd that. Because when I hit a page that wont load in firefox or do what I need it to do - I'll move on. I've often pondered if I was just too lazy or if everyone else was like me, just does not want to be bothered by even an extra click of the mouse ...



chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: June 22nd, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
People look at me sideways and crazy when I ask if they made sure their design is Section 508 compliant. Then, especially since I work with state and other government sites, it comes back and bites them and I have to spend hours showing them how to add accessible tags to their code. I suppose it keeps me employed.

By the way, although it's not the main focus of the series, there's an audio and photoessay series on Boston.com right now about a blind student at Harvard who just finished up her first year. In the first part there's a segment with the JAWS reader going. They blur out the visual and you can just listen to the horrible voice. They really need to make visual accessibility tools better suited for the non-sighted.

http://www.boston.com/news/specials/emily/index/
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