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Re: ADA Compliance - Links to Third Party Websites

From: Chaals Nevile <chaals@yandex.ru>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:18:07 +0200
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On Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:13:48 +0200, Dan Paguirigan, Jr <danp@hawaii.edu>  
wrote:

> Aloha Everyone,
>
> Regarding ADA / WCAG compliance, if an organization/institution website  
> has a link to an external website like YouTube, Facebook, etc. with  
> content that was >created and used for by the organization (How to  
> videos, documentation, etc.). Will that content have to be accessible?

Regarding ADA: I'm an Australian in Europe and haven't read the  
legislation. If you are looking to undersstand the minimum responsibility  
of the organisation, you need a lawyer to find the precise niceties.

Regarding WCAG, if the content is part of the collection of information  
that an organisation provides, then the details of its URL are as  
irrelevant as the details of who actually did the work. If it does not  
meet some WCAG requirement, then some part of your content is not  
conformant, and therefore it is probably not accessible to some people  
with disabilities.

Note of course that if the content is one of a range of alternative  
versions, you may have made it accessible through some other means, such  
as the example Karen cited.

> If so, who would be responsible for the content in the case of legal  
> issues?

There is some general law about who is responsible for content produced  
and published via third-party services, and the rough summary is "if you  
put it there or caused it to be put there, it's your responsibility". In  
thinking about responsibility, if you chose to tell people they have to  
use something, then you also usually accept responsibility for that thing  
being fit for purpose.

cheers

Chaals

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