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RE: Section 508

From: Asif <asif@studynook.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 23:55:22 -0400
To: "Denise Wood" <Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au>, "'Joe Clark'" <joeclark@joeclark.org>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
RE: Section 508I agree, that was a smart thing for Cynthia to do.
  -----Original Message-----
  From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Denise Wood
  Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 1:13 PM
  To: 'Joe Clark'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  Subject: RE: Section 508


  I too was initially a little confused/concerned as to why Cynthia felt the
need to address these matters via email rather than publicly through a
discussion forum. However, I was pleased that she made the offer to respond
to individual concerns privately as I respect her opinion.

  I gave Cynthia's response some thought after receiving the email and it
occurred to me that she may be concerned about exposing an individual
organisation to potential litigation by going into detail about specific
cases in a public forum. Any such discussion would have to be vague and full
of hypotheticals to protect the individuals seeking advice. Whereas people
who are genuinely in need of specific advice would be able to get down to
detail via private email with Cynthia.

  I agree with your point about these issues being of wider concern to many
members of the group and we should certainly continue to engage in that
level of discussion.


  Dr Denise L Wood
  Lecturer: Professional Development (online teaching and learning)
  University of South Australia
  CE Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
  Ph:    (61 8) 8302 2172 / (61 8) 8302 4472 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  Fax:  (61 8) 8302 2363 / (61 8) 8302 4390
  Mob: (0413 648 260)

  Email:  Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Joe Clark [mailto:joeclark@joeclark.org]
  Sent: Tuesday, 23 October 2001 1:00 AM
  To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  Subject: Section 508

  >Since the W3C list is an international list and many members would
  >not appreciate a legal discussion on how Section 508 indirectly
  >impacts American State Universities,

  Since Section 508 requirements (including to whom it applies) are
  difficult to understand, since many WAI-IG listmembers work for
  American universities, and since Section 508 will obviously be a
  model for legislation in other parts of the world, a discussion of
  how 508 directly or directly *applies to* or *affects* American state
  universities is clearly germane to this list.

  >However, for those who have commented that Section 508 applies only
  >to federal agencies, I must say that this is not true. An
  >understanding of U.S. disability rights law and how other federal
  >and state laws cause Section 508 to be applicable is a discussion
  >that will need to be held off-list.

  Having told us there is much to learn and you are the keeper of the
  knowledge, you also tell us you will not impart that knowledge.

  Mailing lists, particularly general ones like WAI-IG, are here to
  discuss their actual topics. Section 508 applicability is clearly
  relevent to a WAI "interest group," as this list is named.
           Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org | <http://joeclark.org/access/>
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             "I do not pretend to understand the mind of Joe Clark"
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