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RE: Legal requirements RE: statistics

From: Denise Wood <Denise_Wood@operamail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 10:49:13 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: harrry@email.com
Message-ID: <3C438B1A@operamail.com>
> I agree that the attitudes of both companies and designers is
> important but
> it is a bit of a chicken and egg situation.  Can I as a
> designer morally or
> legally rely on the "I was only following orders \" defence.

You are absolutely correct Harry. I was not suggesting that only the 
commissioning body SHOULD be held responsible. I pointed out the HREOC 
decision only to make the point that the commissioning body needs to have a 
change in attitude and that in this case the Sydney Olympics legal case did 
not lead to a change in attitude or behavior of the commissioning organisation 
for the Salt Lake web site. Charles pointed out that the case did bring about 
a change in the behavior of he developers - my point is that the case did not 
appear to bring about a change in the behavior of the commissioning body. So I 
am not disputing that developers need to change as well (I made the point in 
my email response to Charles that "it is certainly beneficial if a 
designer/developer learns as a result of legal case") just that the legal 
argument fails to achieve the desired result if it fails to ALSO bring about a 
change in the behavior of the commissioning organisation. Note my previous 
email stated "we ALSO need to bring about a change in the attitudes of 
companies and organisations commissioning web sites - NOT JUST the 
So yes Harry we agree - both need to change not just the developers and not 
just the commissioning organisation.


Dr Denise L Wood
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