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Re: Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office (UIUC)

From: Brian Kelly <webfocus@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 15:21:33 +0100
Message-ID: <a61176f50410060721615d9cac@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Cc: "Sesock, Kevin A" <kevin.sesock@okstate.edu>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

I would agree with Kevin.  After spending time and effort contributing
to the debug bing process in what I expected to be development of a
free (if not open source) tool for the wider community I was very
disappointed at UIUC's decsion to charge for the software and refuse
to supply a free version.

I feel they got my feedback under false pretences.

Brian Kelly 

(PS no personal critiicism intended Jon)

On Tue, 5 Oct 2004 14:06:50 -0500, Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu> wrote:
> 
> Kevin,
> I don't consider $39.95 to be an outrageous sum for the
> Accessible Web Publishing Wizard.  Microsoft Office is a
> complex application and to continue to improve the features of
> the Wizard resources are needed to support progamming and
> technical support.
> 
> Pricing information:
> http://cita.rehab.uiuc.edu/software/office/pricing.html
> 
> Version 1.0 is not available anymore because of the many bugs
> in it.  The team working on the project only has limited
> resources for technical support and it was determined that we
> could no longer support version 1.0.
> 
> Jon
> Program Manager
> Accessible Web Publishing Wizard
> 
> P.S. There are discounts available for multiple purchases and
> site licensing options available
> 
> 
> 
> ---- Original message ----
> >Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 13:38:23 -0500
> >From: "Sesock, Kevin A" <kevin.sesock@okstate.edu>
> >Subject: Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft
> Office (UIUC)
> >To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> >
> >   This may be old news to many out there, but I didn't
> >   see it after searching the archives. It would appear
> >   that the Microsoft Office Accessible Web Publishing
> >   Wizard from the University of Illinois at
> >   Urbana/Champaign is no longer a free tool available
> >   to any who need it.
> >
> >
> >
> >   Here's the link:
> >   http://cita.rehab.uiuc.edu/software/office/overview.html
> >
> >
> >
> >   Of course, they no longer offer the version 1.0 for
> >   download, and I can't find any of my copies I
> >   downloaded a while back either.
> >
> >
> >
> >   My own personal beliefs and philosophies regarding
> >   teasing a group of individuals with something free,
> >   and then yanking it away to only charge outrageous
> >   sums of money aside, are there any alternative tools
> >   that anyone has found, preferably for free?
> >   Unfortunately, being in a highly de-centralized
> >   University in the middle of one of our worst budget
> >   crises does not bode well for purchasing tools such
> >   as this, especially when the 1.0 version was free.
> >
> >   Kevin A. Sesock, A+, NET+, CNA, MCSA
> >   Assistive Technology Specialist
> >   2nd Level Support Team
> >   Technology Support Department
> >   Information Technology Division
> >   Oklahoma State University
> >
> >   "Hail to the speaker, hail to the knower; joy to he
> >   who has understood, delight to they who have
> >   listened." --Odin
> >
> >
> 
> 
> Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
> Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
> Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
> MC-574
> College of Applied Life Studies
> University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
> 1207 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL  61820
> 
> Voice: (217) 244-5870
> Fax: (217) 333-0248
> 
> E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu
> 
> WWW: http://cita.rehab.uiuc.edu/
> WWW: http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~jongund
> 
>
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