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Accessibility and Internationalization 433 Troubleshooting Accessibility and Internationalization in the Real World Q1: A1: Why should I take extra measures to learn and incorporate acces- sibility and internationalization techniques in HTML 4.0 when so many of them aren't supported by most browsers? Well, as with any technology, a survey of your audiences should be undertaken before you determine what is or is not right for your needs. And, although you may decide to not use specific aspects of these options, it's a darned good idea for serious Web developers to begin gaining an awareness of the concepts and techniques in- volved. Eventually, browser technology will catch up, and it's a great idea to keep in touch with how things are fairing even if you won't need or want to employ a given technique. Designing for the Real World HTML and Access: An Interview with David Oberhart This case study is included here to impress upon you the importance of accessibility issues in HTML 4.0, and why you as a reader can benefit from understanding the standard and using it appropriately. David Oberhart is a communications specialist and consultant who started working on UNIX-based computers when at the University of Iowa in the early 1980s. Because David is blind, he has been