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RE: And today's ironic bit of HTML is...

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2002 18:37:27 -0400 (EDT)
To: Bill Mason <w3c@accessibleinter.net>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0207051834160.3025-100000@tux.w3.org>

This is an extreme way to do it, although it seems to me personally that
there is no reason for people who are actually running into problems not to
go to court, if they can afford it. And supporting them seems worthwhile too.

But you should be advising your clients, as part of your professional
responsibility, of their legal obligations. You can point out to them that
you need extra provision in the contract specifying that the client is
responsible for accessibility and will ensure someone else meets all legal
requirements, and explain to them that this is necessary for you to be doing
things without accessibility built in to your part of the work.

Oh, and you can just talk to them about it. That's how I learned...



On Fri, 5 Jul 2002, Bill Mason wrote:

>At 05:57 AM 07/05/2002, Pete Urwin wrote:
>>Given that most of our clients have never heard of W3C and accessibility,
>>how can low levels of awareness be raised?
>Maybe I'm just in a bad mood this morning because I feel rotten, but I
>personally believe (in the U.S. anyway) nothing major will ever happen
>until someone takes a web site owner to court over it and wins.
>Bill Mason
>Accessible Internet

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