Give this text to EO to draft for a "Benefits of UAAG"Jeanne F Spellman, 20 Oct 2008, 08:23:25
Additional benefits of accessible user agent design
In meeting the goals of users with disabilities, user agent developers will also improve access to the Web for users in general. For example, users without disabilities:
* may have a text-only screen, a small screen, or a slow Internet connection (e.g., via a mobile phone browser). These users are likely to benefit from the same features that provide access to people with low vision or blindness.
* may be in a situation where their eyes, ears, or hands are busy or interfered with (e.g., driving to work or working in a noisy environment). These users are likely to benefit from the same features that provide access to people who cannot use a mouse or keyboard due to a visual, hearing, or physical disability.
* may not understand fluently the natural language of spoken content. These users are likely to benefit from the same visual rendering of text equivalents that make spoken language accessible to people with a hearing disability.
The UAWG expects that software which satisfies the requirements of this document will be more flexible, manageable, extensible, and beneficial to all users. For example, a user agent architecture that allows programmatic access to content and the user interface will encourage software modularity and reuse, and will enable operation by scripting tools and automated test engines in addition to assistive technologies.