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Re: accessible banking:

From: Lainey Feingold <lfeingold1@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 19:11:07 -0800
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To: "Kelly Pierce" <kpierce2000@earthlink.net>, "david poehlman" <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I think this issue is about on-line banking requiring the user to use 
Internet Explorer and not other browsers.  (The do that for what they say 
are security issues.)  I know some blind community reps have talked to the 
B of A web folks about this in the past.  If anyone wants me to put them in 
touch with our contacts -- who have been very supportive, let me 
know.  Other banks with whom I have settlement agreements (and web 
contacts) are Bank One/Chase; First Union/Wachovia; Sovereign; Citizens 
Bank and Union Bank of California.  Wells Fargo does not have a web 
accessibility agreement, but has done good work on the web site and has NFB 
certification for some of it, so we have contacts there too.


At 06:38 PM 1/31/2005, Kelly Pierce wrote:
>Are you saying that the Bank of America does not comply with priorities 
>One and two of the Web Content Accessibility guidelines, version 1.0?  A 
>few years ago it entered into a legal settlement agreeing to fully comply 
>with WCAG.  either it isn't doing so or the guidelines are 
>inadequate.  Another bank in the mid-Atlantic area where you live that 
>entered into a similar agreement was Wachovia.
>I have had little contact with Bank of America.  I live in the only region 
>of the country (the upper Midwest) that the bank hasn't fully entered.  in 
>the last year, they have opened up a few branches here in Chicago but 
>these don't have talking ATM's.  It's ironic considering that the bank has 
>several thousand people based in Chicago, including a number of web developers.
>----- Original Message ----- From: "david poehlman" 
>To: "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 9:57 AM
>Subject: accessible banking:
>>Hi all,
>>I'm looking for a bank that does not require ie to do busines.  I currently
>>do business with bank of america and suntrust banks.  I need a bank I can
>>walk to from time to time although that is less of a requrement than online
>>banking.  The monopoly that is held by ie in matters of this type needs to
>>be broken.  I am finding merchants that will do business with me no matter
>>what user agent I use.  I know this is not a requirement of any <law> but it
>>is a requirement for my accessibility needs and will be a growing
>>requirement for others as well.
>>Thanks for any help.
>>Johnnie Apple Seed

Lainey Feingold
Law Office of Elaine B. Feingold
1524 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94708
(510) 548.5062

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