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Warning sounded on web’s future

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An article by Stéphane

Published on 22 October 2008

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"Has [the Web] been designed for the executive and the teenager in the modern city with a smart phone in their pocket? If you are in a rural community do you need a different kind of web with different kinds of facilities?"

Sir Tim Berners-Lee asks very valuable questions, as always. I’ve just heard a Project Manager who mistook accessibility for the taking into account of narrowband, and wants a guesstimate as to when narrowband becomes negligible because he’s all for RIAs everywhere.

Most people don’t have quality broadband, most people don’t have an iPod 3G in their pocket. Wake up, people. It is sad that we should still be forced to tell people that it is so.

And (you know me) accessibility is a broad subject, that can’t be narrowed down to narrowband. Heh.

If there’s one thing we’re still way away from, it’s shared real-world awareness. Evangelising is going to last for a long, long time.


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