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Re: Disability statistics

From: Vadim Plessky <lucy-ples@mtu-net.ru>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 17:09:21 +0000
Message-Id: <200112161407.fBGE7NH17818@post.cnt.ru>
To: Denise Wood <Denise_Wood@operamail.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On Sunday 16 December 2001 07:52, Denise Wood wrote:
[...]
| providers. That will take some time but it will happen. Section 508 I think
| will drive that interest as more and more private companies build
| accessibility standards into their packages. This is already evident with
| Macromedia leading the field, Adobe, Blackboard and WebCT all following
| close behind. So to get a job with a major company in the future, IT
| graduates will need Web design skills that meet these standards.

out of curiousity, Denise:
Why do you think that those companies (Macromedia, Adobe, etc.) will exist in 
2-3 years?
I have to admit that I am working on several Open Source projects, and I do 
(and will do!) my best to decrease power of those companies.
So, I would not advise to students to learn something just to have 
possibility "to be hired by  Macromedia, Adobe, Microsoft, etc."
It amy be that those companies would not exist by the time they finish 
colledge or university ;-))

BTW: stocks of those companies are already moving into *right direction*.
If you haven't noticied - Macromedia stock slipped by 30% last week, and 
Adove's revenues dropped by $100 mil. last quesrter (30% decrease) 

| Furthermore, the authoring tools themselves are now providing accessibility
| checklists and auditing facilities to help designers as they develop their
| web sites. OK still a way to go - but things are moving in the right
| direction.
|
|   Denise
|

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