Magazine article Insight on the News

Surf's Up for Presidential Contenders

Magazine article Insight on the News

Surf's Up for Presidential Contenders

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Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, a Vermont musician and activist writing an opera about a vampire, has produced a study which asserts that today's crop of presidential candidates is ignoring potential . voters who might want to surf their Websites. The candidates' collective crime, says Bathory-Kitsz, is that by appealing to surfers who are using graphical browsers, such as the popular Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer, they are ignoring the needs of the visually impaired or users of handhelds such as the Palm Pilot.

The World Wide Web uses HyperText MarkUp, or HTML, a set of tags embedded in the text that tells the browser how to display the page. Bathory-Kitsz says that by designing their Websites to appeal to the eye, the candidates send confused or jumbled images to the handicapped who use a special browser. Bathory-Kitsz says the candidates should be using the plain-vanilla HTML instead of the visual capabilities.

The study, which looked at nine presidential candidates' Websites between Nov. …

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