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Re: Legal requirements RE: statistics

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 07:25:33 -0500 (EST)
To: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
cc: <kynn-eda@idyllmtn.com>, Martin Sloan <martin.sloan@orange.net>, "'Kynn Bartlett'" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, "'Harry Woodrow'" <harrry@email.com>, "'Denise Wood'" <Denise_Wood@operamail.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0201160721230.20590-100000@tux.w3.org>
The fact that the guidelines are not finished isn't necessarily important in
this case - we are not talking about whether there is a directly applicable
standard which must be foolowed, we are talking about whether there is
relevant information available, of which a developer ought to be aware.

In this case, many browser makers are aware of UAAG and the role of W3C
(being members), so it is relevant information. (And nothing more or less -
but where there is no explicit law, relevant information is what courts look
for to guide them).

The matter of choice is of course important. If I choose to use  something
broken, I can't expect people to make it work for me. But if my employer
tells me to use it, I can expect them to be responsible for making sure it
works, or replacing it...

cheers

Charles

On Wed, 16 Jan 2002, David Poehlman wrote:

  ah, but they are not officially turned out yet which is a small but in
  many circles sugnificant difference.

  then, there is also the matter of
  choice.

after Martin wrote
  > As far as I am aware, there is no law which requires that browser
  makers
  > encorporate the latest HTML standards into their browsers.

and Kynn had replied

  What about the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines?  They are produced
  by the W3C in the same process as that which produced the WCAG
  Recommendation, and hold the same status within the W3C.  Should the
  developers of software fear lawsuits for not following UAAG if web
  developers fear lawsuits (or criminal penalties or whatever) based on
  WCAG?
Received on Wednesday, 16 January 2002 07:26:45 GMT

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