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Re: How do you deal with false claims of accessibility conformance?

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie>
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2006 18:13:02 +0100
Message-ID: <44FB0D1E.40104@ncbi.ie>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> > I can't obviously speak for W3C/WAI, but I'd think that they're not
overjoyed by inaccessible sites making false/inaccurate claims...but
then again, they have no power to do anything about it, afaik.

Patrick is right, and depending on the power of legislation available
within a country there is often not a lot that can be done.
In Ireland we have a suite of legislation that combined together make
"some" difference but have an atomic gravity,
in other words are not taken that seriously. So SDOC (Self declaration
of conformance) is a big problem.

If a developer or web agency is claiming a certain level of conformance
and you know they are not making the grade then they
will not be taken seriously by the wider developer community, as word
will get around.

At the moment this is about as much power we have IMO,while trying to
promote best practice etc.

Joshue O Connor

Web Accessibility Consultant

**Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT)* *
National Council for the Blind of Ireland

Website:http://www.cfit.ie
E-Mail: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie
Tel: +353 1 8821915



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