[Irl-dean] False Accessibility Developers

drice at nda.ie drice at nda.ie
Tue Mar 28 12:57:39 IST 2006

Thanks  Paul for this. 

Paul Walsh wrote:

>       The big new question, of course, is who is going to 
>       determine the appropriate baselines, and that is totally 
>       up for grabs.  It certainly will *not* be the W3C.  For 
>       preference, it should not be a simple "free for all" with 
>       every site operator or developer arbitrarily setting 
>       their own baseline.  In the Irish context, we would 
>       possibly look to the NDA to set some guidance on this.
We are of course aware of this important issue coming down the line.  We 
are doing a lot of work developing guidance resources at the moment and 
are keeping an eye on developments at WAI. Most of our accessibility work 
at NDA involves improving access to public services and as such we will 
focus on providing clarifications and guidance for this sector in the 
first instance.   Websites in the public sector should use the web 
technologies that are the most widely accessible.  Any baseline 
recommendations for the public sector in Ireland should not be so 
restrictive so as to hinder innovation within the sector but should focus 
on trying to get the basics right. 

>Baseline technologies is an extremely complicated area that will 
>create a massive debate. I like the idea of conducting this within 
>on the premise that it has the time and technical expertise regarding 
>agent capabilities, user profiles, accessibility implementations and
>internationalisation. I hate to make assumptions but I doubt the NDA has 
>the relevant expertise in house.

Assume away!  As always I would be very interested in and open to be 
informed by the experience and opinions of people on this list. 

Dónal Rice
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