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Re: single browser intranets

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 13:10:50 -0400 (EDT)
To: Claude Sweet <sweetent@home.com>
cc: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, W3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.9910261304110.5140-100000@tux.w3.org>
(This seems way off topic, but anyway)

If you look at fortune 500 companies, most of them are companies that decided
that being in business in 5 years time was more important than short term
gain. And if you look at companies that stay in the Fortune 500 for ten years
it is even clearer - the picture is not distorted by the flash-in-the-pan
comapnies that are doing well at a given time.

Do I expect all comanies to consider good structure as important? No. But I
expect that most of those that will make it do. (Some people will have dumb
luck. That's what it is for).

It seems to me that restricting the range of possible employees is a mistake
for most companies. In IT it is even more so, given the shortage of qualified
candidates and the high prpoprtion of people with disabilities who are
sufficiently qualified, skilled and experienced to do the work, and are being
forced into unemployment by short-sighted and narrow-minded business
practices. Most companies plan to growth, but successful ones also plan for
growth.

Actually, this topic began somewhere else entirely-  with the question of
whether it wzas apppropriate for an educational provider to rquire the use of
a paticular software combination. Which I think is a signifacantly different
question.

just my 2 bits worth

Charles McCN

On Tue, 26 Oct 1999, Claude Sweet wrote:

  Al,
  
  Do your comments apply if the following conditions exist:
  
  1. A small, moderately capitalized company what to establish an Intranet
  2. None of the existing employee's have any disabilities
  
  Is it realistic to expect small companies to expend a large percentage
  of 
  its resources on a solution for which there isn't an existing problem?
  
  I believe most companies will allocate their resources to expand their
  business
  opportunities, maximizing market potential for existing products, and
  funding new 
  product research.
  
  These companies do not have "deep pockets" to do the planning that
  ideally 
  takes place in Fortune 500 companies.
  
  In the business world decisions are frequently based on short term
  goals.
  Remaining in business takes immediate precedent over lofty goals of 5
  and 
  10 year plans.
  
  Claude Sweet
  Educational Technologist
  
Received on Tuesday, 26 October 1999 13:10:52 GMT

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