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Re: Library catalogue issue in Australia, Singapore, USA

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 08:15:15 +0930
Message-ID: <44B96FFB.6070503@kbc.net.au>
To: "Clarkson, Ann" <clarksona@caboolture.qld.gov.au>
CC: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Quoth Clarkson, Ann at 07/16/06 06:59...

> At the library where I am systems librarian, we have just started the process of upgrading the library management software, and on Thursday I received the document containing directions for editing the web pages. To my horror, I discovered that with the new version, the vendor has moved to frames!
> My manager advises that we are required by law to make our online catalogue work for all users, including the disabled, users of non-Windows operating systems etc.

Yes, there is a legal issue.  Please see "World Wide Web Access:
Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes" from the Human Rights and
Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC):


I quote from Section 2.2 of that document:

"The provision of information and online services through the Worldwide
Web is a service covered by the DDA. Equal access for people with a
disability in this area is required by the DDA where it can reasonably
be provided. This requirement applies to any individual or organisation
developing a Worldwide Web page in Australia, or placing or maintaining
a Web page on an Australian server. This includes pages developed or
maintained for purposes relating to employment; education; provision of
services including professional services, banking, insurance or
financial services, entertainment or recreation, telecommunications
services, public transport services, or government services; sale or
rental of real estate; sport; activities of voluntary associations; or
administration of Commonwealth laws or programs. All these are areas
specifically covered by the DDA."

I think that has you covered...

If you are already working with Vision Australia, I am sure that they
can help you with this, having not only the expertise, but credibility
and reputation in this country.



Matthew Smith
IT Consultancy & Web Application Development
Received on Saturday, 15 July 2006 22:45:34 UTC

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