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Re: Administrative interfaces

From: Elizabeth J. Pyatt <ejp10@psu.edu>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:50:35 -0400
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I agree. I think accessibility is especially important if you intend to market your product to any outside customer base. 

Yet, I see many vendors skip this part because they never realize that an admin/editor/instructor could need an accessible interface.


On Sep 11, 2012, at 9:20 AM, deborah.kaplan@suberic.net wrote:

> Harry Loots wrote:
>> 2. Laws on equality also apply to employees (and labour laws with respect to equal treatment will also apply).
> Absolutely. What I point out to people when I'm talking about
> this is where the ADA kicks in. Imagine there are two products, one
> with an accessible back office interface and one with an
> inaccessible back office interface, and an employee with
> accessibility needs is hired -- or, as is common, a current
> employee, through age, injury, or illness gains new accessibility
> needs.. At that point under the ADA it will certainly be
> considered "reasonable accommodation" to use the product with an
> accessible back office interface.
> I work in libraries, where a third of librarians are 55 or older,
> and yet  there is a startling lack of accessible back office
> interfaces. I actually had a vendor attempt to explain to me that
> their product was accessible, because only the administrative
> interface was completely inaccessible, so everyone with
> accessibility needs "read: users) was being served.
> Needless to say, we picked a different vendor :-) In fact, we
> went with the open-source product which has excellent back-office
> accessibility.
> -Deborah
> --
> Accessibility Team Co-Lead
> Dreamwidth Studios LLC

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