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Re: Policy on Web accessibility

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 17:26:09 +0100
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To: "Craig Hadley" <craig@4thandgoal.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

You might want to also take a look at the draft
Implementation Plan for Web Accessibility
which the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG)
is currently working on. Note also the expanded detail available in each 

Sounds like that resource might also be helpful for the discussions you're 
in right now, even though still in draft form.

There are also some other draft resources linked from the implementation 
plan outline, such as how to set up an organizational policy on Web 
accessibility, how to set up internal training, do evaluations of Web 
sites, set up on-going monitoring, etc. These are listed under "Key 
Resources" in the document.

EOWG feels that this "Implementation Plan..." is a few steps away from 
sending to the WAI IG for review. But you're welcome to prowl around in 
EOWG space, and to comment on or contribute to the documents as they develop.

In addition, we would like to move the business case forward (we are 
splitting the development of the business case resource suite and the 
implementation plan resource suite into two different suites), and once 
developed, that suite would probably be helpful for the kind of situation 
you describe. But with the exception of the (auxiliary) "Benefits" 
document, which recently went to the WAI IG for review (and which we're now 
-- and which by no means portrays a comprehensive business case for Web 
accessibility, that resource suite has been proceeding more slowly.

- Judy

At 10:00 AM 11/6/01 -0600, Craig Hadley wrote:
>Hello All,
>I am pitching for some new business this week. The project is a web site
>re-design for a firm that falls under U.S. 508 as a contractor. The problem
>is that the managers of the firm gave me several examples of what they liked
>including their favorite site discovery.com.
>So I took a look at discovery.com. And (please correct me if I am wrong) but
>discovery.com doesn't even seem to try in regards to accessibility
>So what do I say when I go back to pitch meeting and the prospective client
>says "If an international media conglomerate like Discovery does their web
>site that way, why can't we?".
>Thanks for starting to publish documents like "Sample Implementation Plans
>for Web Accessibility " http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/bcase/ip . Those
>types of resources make explaining the discussion possibilities to non-tech
>savvy managers much easier.
>Craig Hadley
>Madison, WI

Judy Brewer  jbrewer@w3.org  +1.617.258.9741      http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative
WAI Interest Group: http://www.w3.org/WAI/IG
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