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Re: Making the Suits "get it" (Was RE: Media - Suit Over Airlines' Web Sites Tests Bounds of ADA)

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 22:03:24 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200210082103.g98L3O901178@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> Randal hit a key point here... accessibility is more than just the disabled
> community, and the sooner we can sell THAT message the sooner the suits will
> "get it".

That's how I define it, but there is a strong lobby that takes the narrow
view, believe that W3C's definition is the narrow view, and would
probably object strongly if W3C tried to make the broad view overt.
As I see it, if you are a businessman and can imagine yourself or your
immediate family suffering an accessibility problem, you may be prepared
to include support for such people in your decisions.  If it is someone
in a poor country, whose disadvantage is really due to lack of wealth,
people are not prepared to compromise their profitability in any way.
A lot of web designers are young, and don't even feel threatened by
disability in their own country.
Received on Tuesday, 8 October 2002 17:04:23 UTC

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