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Re: Who makes law Re: UK Businesses Reject Accessible Web Sites

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 15:20:02 -0500 (EST)
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0412281516130.16489@smart.net>

On Tue, 28 Dec 2004, David Woolley wrote:

> > I think one of the points of the article was that some businesses don't
> > consider the existing laws appropriate - neither for business, nor for
> > people with disabilities. Of course, that's effectively a local biritsh
> The way I read it was that they don't think they are appropriate because
> there is a reasonableness test.  Generally businesses don't mind complying
> with accessibility legislation as long as:
> - all their competitors incur the same compliance cost;
> - it is easy to work out exactly what to do to comply at the absolute
>   minimum cost.
> Having UK law reference WCAG would go part way there, but you still have
> the Bobby problem.   The businesses almost certainly want mechanically
> verifiable rules, with no judgement calls.

all people want to "know" when they are in the clear, put up a sign on a
road that the speed limit is "reasonable" you understand the confusion.

I'm not sure how to solve this as it is a moving target. buried somewhere
in the US regulations, (and I can't find it at the moment) it says that if
a site is able to present all information in a format that can be read by
LYNX or PINE it is substantially compliant.  now what does that "Really"
mean but at least it is a start.

wish I had a simple answer, I test stuff in LYNX using a linux operating
system, I figure if it works there it will work just about anywhere, but
I've been nailed by a few sites that work fine that way and won't work in
something else...


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