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

From: david poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 15:35:52 -0500
Message-ID: <006d01c4ed1c$d409b650$6401a8c0@DAVIDPC>
To: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>, "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

On the discussions of the 508 standards on the 508 list, we are told that 
lynx and pine are not a good test of the standards.


Johnnie Apple Seed

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From: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>
To: "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 3:20 PM
Subject: Re: Who makes law Re: UK Businesses Reject Accessible Web Sites



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...

Bob


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