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Re: Is it acceptable to provide two versions of a site to work around an accessibility problem?

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 14:21:38 -0500 (EST)
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0303041419090.12327-100000@smarty.smart.net>

On Tue, 4 Mar 2003, Julian Voelcker wrote:

> The problem we have is that the client wants the content to be centred 
> on the page with some fixed width columns - if you try to increase the 
> font size in the browser some of the content ends up overlapping from 
> one column to the one beside it.  It only happens with the menu column 
> down the left hand side when there are long words in the menu.
> 
> I can get around this by providing a 'text only' style link on the page 
> so that users with problems can get the linear version.

text only extra site is probably legal, but hardly acceptable to most
people with disabilities

> Ideally I should try to persuade the client to move to more flexible 
> columns, but I have failed so far.
> 
> What would you suggest the best way to go with this is?

charge considerably extra for the work to make the site inaccessible then
a seperate site, I also require a client to sign a waiver that they are
requiring something that is in violation of federal and state laws.  that
usually gets em to back down, when the liability is on them.

Bob


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