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[Irl-dean] False Accessibility Developers

Eamon Mag Uidhir eamon at maguidhir.com
Mon Mar 27 15:07:12 IST 2006


This looks like a golden opportunity to implant the idea of including 
verifiable accessibility criteria in all web development procurement 
tenders and contracts from public agencies in the mind of at least one IO.

Eamon



Tim Culhane wrote:

>Hi,
>
>Perhaps  contracts of this  kinds should be subject to independent external
>audit?
>
>Tim
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie
>[mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of brendan spillane
>Sent: 27 March 2006 14:27
>To: Irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
>Subject: [Irl-dean] False Accessibility Developers
>
>
>Hi everyone
>
>I have a problem..
>
>Recently I have come across cases where website developers are falsely
>claiming accessibility for the websites of some organisations.
>
>One of these, a major website developer is claiming accessibility for 2
>government websites which are in fact not accessible. I have contacted the
>information officer responsible for these websites to inquire about this.
>
>She replied to me that she has already had one person report to here that
>one of the sites was not accessible. She then passed this information on to
>the developer but has received no feedback.
>
>The IO does seem genuinely interested in the accessibility of the websites
>and has said that as a government body it should be in place. However she
>also stated that as nobody in their office is a developer they have had no
>way of checking.
>
>In my opinion this is a case where the developer is outright lying to their
>clients and at the moment getting away with it.
>
>I would like to know has anyone experienced similar problems before and does
>anybody have suggestions for dealing with it?
>
>With Regards
>
>Brendan Spillane
>MD ilikecake limited
>
>www.ilikecake.net
>
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