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RE: Where's Bobby? Are we left with Cynthia?

From: John Colby <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 13:42:28 -0000
Message-ID: <294B4B3243E76C4BA4FF7F54003B3BE104EAEDAA@exchangea.staff.uce.ac.uk>
To: "Martin Stehle" <pewtah@snafu.de>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Then maybe a statement on the site "This site is accessible - we don't
need to display a logo say so"

I agree with other a bout Bobby being a minimum (and all too often
maximum) badge.

But I am surprised that no-one's mentioned A-Prompt
(http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca/) what's the current opinion of that?


John Colby 
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Subject: Re: Where's Bobby? Are we left with Cynthia?

Hello Julian,

> So often I have been in to see a new client and all they are concerned
> about is making sure they their site adheres to the Bobby 'standard'.

> When you strat to talk to them about it is obvious that they have
> heard of the W3C or WCAG.

Of course we told our clients the limits of every automatic check. We
additionally included icons of companies testing websites with
disabled users manually. Some years ago Bobby was popular enough to
advertise with it. So the deal was: We built an accessible,
WCAG-proofed site, by the way it passed the Bobby and other tests. The
client was fine, the user was fine, we was fine, mission accomplished.
With Bobby's metamorphosis to Webexact its steam was gone.

> Hopefully with Bobby gone, website owners and developers will start
> to think a bit more deeply about website accessibility and what is
> involved.

And clients who payed for it want to communicate which standards they
conform to. So, "no logo" seems not smart to me, not in marketing
accessible web sites today. When every site is accessible - in other
words: accessibility is the norm - than nobody needs a logo.

Martin Stehle
Martin Stehle, Web Development
Received on Friday, 27 January 2006 13:42:46 UTC

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