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Re: Section 508

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 09:17:40 -0400
Message-ID: <002201c15a32$e05adb80$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: "Denise Wood" <Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au>, <Demonpenta2@aol.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
There are so many user agents out there and so many good accessibility
practices to help them that I would call this a calous approach at best
and one that would be difficult to implement at worse.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Denise Wood" <Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au>
To: <Demonpenta2@aol.com>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2001 6:13 AM
Subject: RE: Section 508


Good point - thanks John.

Another issue that I would like some direction about. I know that there
is a
heavy emphasis on cross-browser compatibility when designing and
developing
accessible web sites. What is the feeling about a web site that has been
developed for a specific group (password protected and accessible only
to that
group) which incorporates features only supported in later browsers if
(a) the
site supports screen readers, includes alt tags etc and generally
complies with
at least minimum requirements and (b) the provider distributes to all
intended
users free CDs containing latest installation files for the latest
browsers.
Are there some users who would be potentially disadvantaged in that they
must
use other browsers other than the latest versions of ie and Netscape?


Denise



From: Demonpenta2@aol.com [mailto:Demonpenta2@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, 21 October 2001 2:27 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Section 508



In a message dated 10/21/01 12:53:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au writes:




However, just one point for clarification. Are you referring only to the
US
situation or suggesting that Section 508 has implications for
international
institutions as well. I understand that may be the case if an
international
university provides external courses to students in the United States
but in
your opinion does the regulation have any impact beyond that?



I personally think that it will end up applying to (or just being
adopted by)
anyone that has the potential of doing business with American government
agencies anyhow, be they American or not. As the US Government helps
provide
grants to a lot of people, or gives cash to the people who provide
grants..It
will probably become a standard eventually in any case.

       John
Received on Sunday, 21 October 2001 09:18:18 GMT

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