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Re: approval

From: Joshue O Connor CFIT <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 08:46:37 +0000
Message-ID: <4F4359ED.3000108@ncbi.ie>
To: karl@karlgroves.com
CC: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, WAI Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Meliha Yenilmez <melihayenilmez@yahoo.com>
Karl Groves wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM, David Woolley
> <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>  wrote:
>
>> To find out if it is actually accessible, you need to find people with lots
>> of different disabilities and perform a usability survey on them, allowing
>> them to use their own browsers and any assistive technology that they use.
>
> Do you do this?  Really?
>
> With all due respect, this is exactly the type of attitude that
> perpetuates the impression that accessibility is nebulous, expensive,
> and difficult.

How exactly? All David seems to be saying is that usability testing with 
the widest range of users is a great way of testing your 'real world' 
accessibility. I agree with him. For sure, it can be expensive and time 
consuming but it isn't _impossible_ and will reap rewards in the long 
run that far outweigh it's initial cost.

Not least because the experience of watching people with disabilities 
using their website stays with the designer and informs their approach 
to accessibility with any future projects they undertake.

Cheers

Josh

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