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legal responsibility

From: Scarlett Julian (ED) <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 13:14:46 +0100
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D01E348CF@EDUC_MXS>
To: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi all

does anyone know what the position is re third party web applications used
within a website that fall foul of the accessibility requirements of the DDA
(UK Disability Discrimination Act).

we have bought an asp application with style and javascript nav menu hard
wired into a vb dll which makes it impossible for us to modify anything to
fit into our corporate standards. Are we legally responsible for the use of
that application or can we pass the buck to the application developers? Is
our only course of action to pay for the vb source to make the necessary
modifications ourselves.

I feel that this is probably an important topic for local government where
buying apps off-the-shelf is seen as a quick option to satisfying other
targets set by central government.

Julian Scarlett
Web Design & Document Management System Officer
Education Directorate 
Sheffield City Council
0114 2735721
mob 07904914976

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