On Thu, 2004-07-08 at 14:55, chris at martiantechnologies.com wrote: > Our customers are not [disabled], and [to address a point you raised in > a previous post] standards compliant code does not always render faster > than non standards compliant code. Hence, the net improvement to the > customer is zero. Alright - maybe not render. But download (vs tag soup, which I know we're not comparing against here) is faster. > You can put a gun to my head and make me produce accessible code, but > you can't make me care about it one way or the other. Why not? Doesn't everyone have a right to access to information? Why doesn't accessibility bother you? > Anything I produce myself I'll make cross-browser, accessible and > I'll make it validate to W3C standards. This gives me an internal glow, > and increases my knowledge base. Fair enough. > Anything I produce at work I have to make a business case for. > Converting existing systems doesn't have a business case in the short > term, and that's all that management usually care about. Agreed - as I said before, it's a slow process. I'm not expecting you to make standards-compliance a top priority. I might, though, expect you to move towards it slowly, cleaning up sites as they are improved or features added. > "Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities." > --http://section508.gov/ > > Bearing in mind I'm not even in the country that produced Section 508 > let alone anything to do with its federal authorities, this has no > relevance to me at all :) Yes - it is US-centric. But to write it off as irrelevant? Naive _in excelsis_. The principles contained within the presentation still apply, wherever you live, whether there is relevant legislation in your country or not. Tim -- Tim Beadle <tim.beadle at iop.org> Institute of Physics Registered charity No. 293851 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT, England IOP Publishing Limited Registered in England under Registration No 467514. Registered Office: Dirac House, Temple Back, Bristol BS1 6BE England This e-mail message has been checked for the presence of computer viruses.