On 4/21/05, Chris Kavanagh <chris at logorocks.com> wrote: > Christian Heilmann wrote: > > That's where gradual enhancement comes in. Accessibility is the basic > > need, then you can enhance... > > Agreed, but I'd add the caveat: the solution needs to be accessible *to > the target audience*, and not to anyone else. Even then, if the choice > is between a design that is 100% accessible, and one that is 80% > accessible but has a 50% higher conversion rate: accessibility goes out > of the window in any sensible discussion. It's talk like this that generates laws forcing people to make their sites accessible. I'm sure Walmart's "target audience" isn't people in wheelchairs either. > > Has anyone noticed that the web is getting less "designery" and more > > functional driven? > > I think that's in large part due to "web designers" tending not to have > a trained background in visual communication. I think what Jeff was referring to is how the Web is becoming more of a platform for applications than an advertising medium. See: GMail, google groups, google maps, etc. (Apologies for only coming up with examples from Google.) I personally can't remember the last time I had someone ask me to build them a completely static site, whereas five years ago, it would be a different story. -- Matt Warden Miami University Oxford, OH, USA http://mattwarden.com This email proudly and graciously contributes to entropy.