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Re: PDF Alternatives?

From: Carlos A Velasco <Carlos.Velasco-Nunez@gmd.de>
Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2000 11:12:51 +0200
Message-ID: <39893793.A67F0C79@gmd.de>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Adam,

I hope I don't sound too aggressive with this message. If you are
looking for "cheap" solutions there are solutions for your problem
as cheap as ... free! Your problem can be solved easily by using a
server-side scripting language like PHP (free) which works with
many servers (Apache, in its differents flavours, and even MS
Information Server), to interact with a database to store the data
(for example, MySQL, free for non-commercial use), which is what I
would expect to manipulate information, and on the same time, PHP
allows to create PDF "on the fly" to be sent by email to the
bureaucrat. And everything comes from an accessible HTML form!!

URLs: http://www.php.net/ -- http://www.mysql.com/


Dr Carlos A Velasco
GMD - Germany

> I've gotten a lot of valuable input, both on this list and off - thanks, everyone.
> For those few (very few) who were somewhat - let me phrase this delicately - "aggressive" in their messages to me, let me make this clear: I was not arguing in favor of inaccessible solutions. Just laying out our circumstances, and asking if there were alternatives.
> The real solution has always been obvious - W3C standards-based, compliant, fully accessible HTML forms feeding data directly into a back-end processing system. Unfortunately, that solution is beyond our financial ability to implement, today. Next fiscal year, we will be able to afford it, but not now. Trust me on this - it's not a cop-out, or an excuse, we just don't have the money. But I am, and have always been, and will always be, committed to that goal.
> Short-term, well, I've told the management here on several occasions that nothing goes on the web site until it can be made accessible. I'll continue to tell them that.
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