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> Behalf Of Matt
> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 2:50 PM
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> Subject: # Re: [WSG] Beta Testers Needed for BCAT
> Hi,
> Excuse me for jumping in here, especially (in this case) as a Flash
> partisan. But I fail to see how this kind of project can be anything other
> than a good thing overall.
> What I don't understand is why people are instantly critical of projects
> that are actually attempting to increase access to new technology. I've
> heard a constant drumbeat of "don't use Flash: it's inaccessible" in the
> years I've been involved in the field. But if we don't have people pushing
> that envelope, doesn't that make that statement self-fulfilling prophecy?
> There are lots of us out there working on improving the accessibility of
> both existing and future content authored in Flash.
> There are many arguments to be made for HTML -- I made loads of them while
> working for W3C, all of which I would stand by today -- but it is not all
> things to all people. The fact is that many educators have found that they
> can use Flash to teach their students effectively. I'm not an educator by
> profession, but my wife is, and she prefers Flash over HTML/CSS/JS to
> develop her courseware. If you were to tell her she's wrong, especially
> before seeing what kind of work she does, I think you'd probably find
> yourself dodging a couple shelves' worth of education texts. Telling a
> professional their tools are wrong is not the most endearing of approaches.
> In my opinion, the best one can do is to learn what they're doing, and offer
> ways to make that output more efficient, more inclusive, and easier to
> produce.
> Teachers aren't usually web developers, and we shouldn't want them to be. So
> I'm all for companies taking on the technical problems so teachers can be
> teachers, and so on.
> Thanks,
> M
> Accessibility Engineer, Adobe
> Christie Mason said:
> > Exactly right.  I've sadly watched Flash take over eLearning and still
> > haven't figured out the attraction, except that it offers the control of PPT
> > while appearing to be "rich".    There's only a very few types of web sites
> > that still use Flash for delivering primary content - media sites, those
> > that focus more on "look at me" instead of  being a resource to their site
> > guests, and eLearning.
> > Since, supposedly, eLearning is about offering web based resources for
> > learning it just doesn't make sense to me that it has ignored all the ways
> > the web has supported, continues to support,  learning w/o using Flash.
> > Flash on the web is like cooking with garlic.  A little adds depth, a lot is
> > inedible.
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