[NLedu] Researching accessibility of Silverlight-based websites

Geert Stappers stappers at stappers.nl
Fri Nov 25 21:16:22 CET 2011

On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 12:40:40PM +0100, Kees Epema wrote:
> Hello Karsten, all,
> We are using the *accessibility* - not the *ability* argument.
> The ability argument is interesting I think, because it enables us to view
> the open-standards issue from another perspective.
> When we emphasize MS not being able to find a technical solution for
> getting their products working cross-browser and cross-platform, we have a
> very strong argument.
> MS can't contradict it by saying "Yes we are technically able to make
> Silverlight cross-platform" because it raises the question "So why don't
> you do it?"
> I think MS can't reply "Well we just want to frustrate free software users,
> so that they migrate to MS products"
> They alternative is MS admitting they can't produce it.
> In my opinion this is a simple but very powerful argument to convince
> doubters and non-experts that are in a decision-making position.

Don't bother about Microsoft, the world knows that it's best years are over.
Winners like Google and Apple became big without Microsoft.

Explain to broadcasters that "Silver light" is not the new radio,
not the new television. Tell then it is a pneumatic tube delivery system.
Great for one company, worthless to rest of the world.

iPad, androids and such don't have support for "Silver light",
an open standard is the way to succes.

Radio and television prevealed due clear described signals, frequenties
and modulation techniques.

Geert Stappers
Chosing Microsofts Silver Light was a mistaken, learn from that exprience.

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