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Re: Do web-based applications need to be wcag compliant?

From: Wayne Dick <waynedick@knowbility.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:01:58 -0700
Message-ID: <CAC9gL75EsKu7dRPDDy3J7uAtj4Fnq2B1AoEfj8ipZEfQpg2UcA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>
Cc: Mehrnaz Ahmadi <mahmadij@gmail.com>, David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>, David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, w3c WAI List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear Mehrmaz,
I don't know about the local legal protocols, but I do know lack of access
to applications is a serious problem for getting and keeping employment.
People with visual impairments have a very low employment rate. A big part
of that is lack of access to tools needed for work.

If you comply, compelled or not, you will be doing a very good thing that
will help some people work who might otherwise be unemployed.

Wayne Dick

On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM, Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca
> wrote:

> Hi Mehrnaz,
>
> I might be mistaking your question / concern, but my understanding is that
> AODA follows WCAG 2.0 level AA. According to AODA, all internal facing
> content (web, digital and print) for Ontario government and private
> corporations has to be compliant by 2020 and all public facing has to be
> compliant by 2016! Yes, Jan 2016 was the goal, but still in progress.
>
> I would suggest being Inclusive and accessible as much as possible. After
> all AODA is the law, but being mindful of all and creating full accessible
> content is Inclusion and human center design.
>
> Cheers
>
> M
>
> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 11:56 AM, Mehrnaz Ahmadi <mahmadij@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Thank you for the kind replies.
>> We are under Ontario's AODA which applies to web-content on internet and
>> intranet. So, it sounds like it does apply to the content web based
>> applications.
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> Mehrnaz
>>
>> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM, David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> In Jurisdictions where WCAG is required, applications at a URL would be
>>> in scope, because WCAG defines a web page as follows.
>>>
>>> https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#webpagedef
>>>
>>> Some jurisdiction say that WCAg only apolies to public facing URL so
>>> that is another consideration.
>>>
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> David MacDonald
>>>
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>>> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 10:39 AM, David Woolley <
>>> forums@david-woolley.me.uk> wrote:
>>>
>>>> On 20/09/17 14:10, Mehrnaz Ahmadi wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> To help my company to be wcag compliant, I came across this question a
>>>>> lot.
>>>>> My understanding is that web-based applications need to be compliant.
>>>>> Is that true?
>>>>> Do I need to contact a lawyer for this question?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> You need to contact a lawyer, as the answer is likely to vary from
>>>> country to country.  In many countries the legislation may require
>>>> accessibility but not name WCAG.
>>>>
>>>> Typically, though, if you are providing a public service, and the web
>>>> application is the only way of doing so, it will need to be accessible to
>>>> anyone who might reasonably want to use that service.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>
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