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RE: "RisK' in "Web Accessibility is Smart Business"

From: Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo <emmanuelle@sidar.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:52:56 +0200
To: "'Robert Yonaitis'" <ryonaitis@gmail.com>, <karl.groves@deque.com>, <shadi@w3.org>
Cc: "'EOWG'" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Message-ID: <0a7a01cc2775$b4dcd510$1e967f30$@sidar.org>
Hi all,

I agree with Rob.

BTW: Apologies for not attending today's meeting. A last-minute meeting has
prevented me.

All the best,

-----Mensaje original-----
De: w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org] En nombre
de Robert Yonaitis
Enviado el: viernes, 10 de junio de 2011 14:37
Para: karl.groves@deque.com; shadi@w3.org
Asunto: Re: "RisK' in "Web Accessibility is Smart Business"


I agree with Karl that legal action risk statements can be problematic and
Shadi on being more positive and on the order in which the risk is presented
in a positive manner:

# Slide 13 [Reduces risk of legal action]: - "reducing the risk of legal
I suggest changing the title of the slide to "other benefits" or such (as a
follow-on from the previous slides), and mentioning some of the other
benefits such as:
 - "demonstrating corporate social responsibility"
 - "complying with the UN Convention on the Rights for Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD)"
 - "reducing the risk of legal action"

I would just remove the third line all together and replace it with "protect
against unintended consequences" and in the speakers notes add some
discussion on eliminating customers, limiting information dissemination, the
possible legal hassles etc.


On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM, Karl Groves <karl.groves@deque.com> wrote:
> Sorry for the very late timing on this e-mail.
> The more I think about it, the more I think that having a slide that
discusses risk is like leaving a landmine of "fail" out there to get stepped
on by the presenter.  It can have a significant effect or it can be like
"proving" that accessibility is nothing to be concerned about.  I've been
refining my own thoughts regarding risk, and I think the argument is
compelling for large organizations.  Of course, the converse is true as
well.  Risk for small and medium companies is almost negligible. If these
slides are presented by someone without a firm grasp on the exact legal
landscape for the audience, it might work against them.
> Additionally, most of the litigation on web accessibility has taken place
in the US, with a little bit happening in Canada and UK. The rest of the
presentation is universal while this really isn't. Because this is a
presentation of the W3C, we may want to avoid being so US-centric here.
> Thanks.
> Karl L. Groves
> Director, Training
> Deque Systems, Inc.
> Phone:  443.517.9280
> E-mail:  karl.groves@deque.com
> Is a non-compliant website putting your organization at risk? Visit 
> www.deque.com

Rob Yonaitis
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