hello mike,

in response to Kathleen's answer to question 3, if you are not tied to using frontpage as your web publishing app, you might want to take a look at Hot metal pro, which has an accessibility checker built into the product.  You can find out more about hot metal at http://www.sq.com

Jeffrey pledger
president, AbleTV.net At 11:58 AM 5/5/00 -0400, Kathleen Anderson wrote:
Hi Michael:
The answer to your third question is 'yes', FrontPage does produce pages that are not compliant with accessibility guidelines.
Two examples:
it does not include DOCTYPE at the beginning of your pages, and it does not add alt text (or even 'suggest' that you should) when you place an image on your page.
Kathleen Anderson, Webmaster
State of Connecticut, Office of the State Comptroller
55 Elm Street, Room 101, Hartford, Connecticut  06106
voice: (860) 702-3355  fax: (860) 702-3634
email: kathleen.anderson@po.state.ct.us
URL: http://www.osc.state.ct.us
CMAC Access: http://www.cmac.state.ct.us/access
AWARE: http://aware.hwg.org/

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael W Baker
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Sent: Friday, May 05, 2000 11:00 AM
Subject: Legal Guidelines

I work for a company that designs a great deal of government web sights and am in charge of defining design standards to meet the accessibility requirements. I have been following numerous lists and discussions and can't seem to get a clear answer to a few very important questions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here they are:

1)What are the specific legal standards for accessible design for government web sights? I'm under the impression that they are not fully agreed upon and this issue is still being resolved. Am I right? If so, when is a decision expected?

2)What is the time frame that existing government sites will be required to comply with accessibility standards?

3) Does Front Page render pages that are not compliant with accessibility guidelines. I would imagine so, but I can't get a definitive answer. If so, do you know if there fixes in the future that will enable Front page to be used?
Thank you,
Mike Baker
Zin Technologies (formerly ADF)
e-CITe Division
(216) 977-0363