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Re: Design and accessiblity issues

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 21:08:50 +1030
Message-ID: <3FBDEB3A.4020007@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Ben Gilmore wrote:
> I'm doing a presentation to the company I work for about the impact of
> accessiblity issues on design. As there are often isssues with design that
> impact the acesssibliy of a build.

Hi Ben

I don't know exactly what you're trying to present or to whom; most of 
the audiences to whom I've had to present accessibility concepts have 
been pretty non-technical <humour>This is a computer.  See computer go! 
  Go, go computer!</humour>.  What I have normally done is to quote - 
verbatim - the introduction to the WCAG 1.0 which looks at potential 
issues rather than methods:


I've used this in presentation for everything from Rotary meetings to 
the State Education Department.  The content is simple enough that a 
broad range of people can understand it and though-provoking enough to 
make the audience realise that there ARE issues.

If you want to get more technical, you could always list the Priority 1 

As regards "impact of accessibility issues on design", it's a simple 
case of getting it right at the start can avoid endless heartache later 
on.  I found out the hard way - I 'discovered' accessibilty through a 
Wired News article about fourteen months ago; I've been re-engineering 
all prior work ever since...

Hope this helps.



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Friday, 21 November 2003 05:38:54 UTC

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