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Re: approval

From: Peter Thiessen <thiessenp@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:59:49 +0100
Message-ID: <CALf9uGB_4wOoiVzaThp6Y0RoKC58wJxt+Ki+yPasNNvxb6om3w@mail.gmail.com>
To: joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie
Cc: karl@karlgroves.com, David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, WAI Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Meliha Yenilmez <melihayenilmez@yahoo.com>
Sorry to jump into the conversation a little late.

As a side note, moving into the more theoretical realm, the WAI-RDWG
recently had a symposium on Benchmarking Web Accessibility. The note
is still in the works but here is a draft:

Just to take a step back. Is your(/company) goal for Web accessibility
more to avoid legal consequences or to meet the needs of disabled


On 21 February 2012 09:46, Joshue O Connor CFIT <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie> wrote:
> Karl Groves wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM, David Woolley
>> <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>  wrote:
>>> To find out if it is actually accessible, you need to find people with
>>> lots
>>> of different disabilities and perform a usability survey on them,
>>> allowing
>>> them to use their own browsers and any assistive technology that they
>>> use.
>> Do you do this?  Really?
>> With all due respect, this is exactly the type of attitude that
>> perpetuates the impression that accessibility is nebulous, expensive,
>> and difficult.
> How exactly? All David seems to be saying is that usability testing with the
> widest range of users is a great way of testing your 'real world'
> accessibility. I agree with him. For sure, it can be expensive and time
> consuming but it isn't _impossible_ and will reap rewards in the long run
> that far outweigh it's initial cost.
> Not least because the experience of watching people with disabilities using
> their website stays with the designer and informs their approach to
> accessibility with any future projects they undertake.
> Cheers
> Josh
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