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Re: Bulk use of [free] accessibility checkers (don't)

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2001 12:25:16 -0400
Message-Id: <200108031610.MAA4199636@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: Brian Kelly <b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: chitchcock@cast.org
At 08:15 AM 2001-08-03 , Brian Kelly wrote:
>I am currently carrying out a benchmarking survey of a selection of Web
>sites. The survey will look at measures such as the size of entry
>points,  quality of HTML, WAI compliance, etc.  I will be using
>Web-based tools, so that the method can be seen by all.  I'll also be
>using freely-available Web services, so anyone can try the survey for
>themselves. 

There is a question of business justice, here.  It is not fair to rely on the
free Web-interactive services such as Bobby at CAST for survey purposes.  

Bulk work such as surveys should be performed with resources provided by the
activity doing the survey.  This is partly where our clunky 'robot control'
system came from.  There have been problems with U.S. activities bringing the
free over-the-Web Bobby service to its knees in a de_facto denial-of-service
attack by putting production loads on the web-published service.  Use the free
service for samples, please.  Not for surveys or other production runs.

Those who wish to survey should reasonably expect to pay.  There is no excuse
for assuming that people will render you great gobs of service for free.  That
which is appropriately _de rien_ is in the eye of the service provider, not
receiver.

Al
Received on Friday, 3 August 2001 12:11:30 GMT

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