Accessibility and web developer contracts

Hi all,
	I'm back on the list after a shortish absence due to a rather
hurried change of job and location ... I've turned somewhat from poacher to
gamekeeper, previously being involved as a developer / provider of web
systems, and now being involved in scoping / commissioning such work.

	Anyway, my question: I'm currently involved in writing a spec for a
large web development project. The accessibility issues are likely to be
considerable and complex, as some of the output is likely to be map-based,
and some of it is likely to consist of data tables, possibly with
multi-level headings. Would it be acceptable  (or even common?) to write
some clause in the specification to the effect "we reserve the right to have
the accessibility audited / tested by an independent body / person / group /
whatever, with any necessary changes to be made at the web development
company's expense". Has anyone (either on the commissioning or providing
side) experience of such a clause - I must admit, I never came across one
while working as a developer?

	Many thanks in advance,


Tom James
Corporate e-Government Officer

Salisbury District Council
3 Rollestone Street
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Received on Thursday, 24 April 2003 08:18:13 UTC