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

From: Reidy Brown <rbrown@blackboard.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 20:24:00 -0400
Message-ID: <FB48B8939127D411B07700B0D049033253148D@bbmail1.blackboard.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I'm a little surprised that no one (especially Kynn) has talked about using
server-side logic to create customized pages based on user preferences. It's
true that many small business web sites are static, but a growing number of
commercial sites use Cold Fusion, ASP, JSP, cgi,php or other server side
technology. It's not a trivial matter, certainly, but it is possible to set
up the site to generate no-image, low-bandwidth, and high-bandwith pages on
demand. With a little additional thought, you can set the system to handle
client-side logic (javascript) where possible or desired (and many people
_do_ want this) and server-side logic where necessary.

Admittedly, it's not a quick-fix solution, but it is a viable option for
well-engineered web sites. And for those that don't have the capability
in-house, something like Edapta is an up-and-coming solution. I'm not
familiar enough with Edapta's functionality, but I suspect that this is the
sort of thing it's designed to do for existing sites. 


Reidy Brown 
Accessibility Coordinator/
Software Engineer 
Blackboard, Inc. 

-----Original Message-----
From: David Poehlman [mailto:poehlman@clark.net]
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2000 6:24 PM
To: Anne Pemberton
Cc: Dave J Woolley; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: How to convince businesses to be accessible...

I think we need to carefully define accessability.  it is no more just a
question of who need what to access in terms of disability.  it is fast
becoming what will the software and hardware will bear and I am here to
tell you that that will decrease drastically over time.  graphics should
get out of the way of information and lower costs for the connection
mean more buying power for those businesses trying to sell to us.
Hands-On Technolog(eye)s
voice 301-949-7599
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