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Re: How to convince businesses to be accessible...

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 19:49:52 -0400
Message-ID: <39DBC220.636717D0@clark.net>
To: Kristi R Schueler/NONFS/USDAFS <kschueler@fs.fed.us>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
show them what it looks like on a pda.  have them experience a 14.4 k
dial up.
this is not just about access for the disabled unless you are including
mobile access as a disability.  listen to the web site through one of
the voice portals.

Kristi R Schueler/NONFS/USDAFS wrote:
> As a designer, I know that the majority of people out there are not going
> to want to sacrifice the flashy, graphics and such to be accessible.  This
> includes giving up the text as graphics.  How do we convince them that they
> will have a greater audience if they meet accessibility guidelines?  I am
> not having much luck finding statistics.  Have there been any economic
> impact studies on the numbers of e-commerce dollars not being spent because
> online shopping centers are not accessible to people who find the net to be
> a freedom and an increase in independence?  So far the only supporting
> statistic I have found is a statement from a Harris Poll that says that
> disabled internet users are on the internet twice as much as non-disabled
> internet users.  It will take more than that to convince businesses to be
> compliant with accessibility guidelines!
> Kristi Schueler
> USFS - WOD,  FC AQM Systems
> Web Developer (contractor)
> (970)295-5801 (voice)
> (970)295-5809 (fax)

Hands-On Technolog(eye)s
voice 301-949-7599
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