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Re: legal responsibility

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 08:54:50 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0204160852460.14097-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Tue, 16 Apr 2002, Scarlett Julian (ED) wrote:

> 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).

I generally make the bid/contract specifications make it a requirement
that the "product" comply with all applicable regulations and then it
becomes the vendors responsibility to comply or be found in default or
breach of contract... generally private providers are required to "stand
in the shoes" of the gov agency

YMMV
Bob

> 
> Scenario:
> 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
> PPU
> Education Directorate 
> Sheffield City Council
> 0114 2735721
> mob 07904914976
> julian.scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk 
> 
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