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RE: Administrative interfaces

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:12:40 +0800
To: Christian Biggins <cbiggins@gmail.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Hi Christian

My feeling is that everything we do should be accessible, even though that means extra work which = extra cost.

I believe WCAG 2.0 applies to both inward facing and outward facing web documents.  I also wonder about creating something is not necessarily accessible and then having to redo the interface depending upon who is hired.  Would this not encourage an organisation to hire on the basis of user needs and accommodations required?  That would be a step backwards IMHO.

There's an old saying "There's never time to do it right, but always time to do it twice" that might apply here.  You will (again IMHO) save time and money by making it accessible the first time around.


Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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From: Christian Biggins [cbiggins@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 September 2012 7:24 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Administrative interfaces

Hi All,

I was wondering whether or not an administrative interface for a website should also be compliant?

Personally I would think it should, but clearly there is a fairly weighty argument against the additional work, especially if you are controlling who can and cannot access the interface. Granted if you hire somebody who relies on the use of assistive technologies, you would need to revisit, but would it be a requirement?

I'd love to hear (or read) your opinions about this.

Christian Biggins

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