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RE: Browser-based business tools


From: Pratik Patel
Date: Jan 29, 2004 2:35PM


You also have to consider Who develops these business tools. If you are
dealing with some of the large companies such as Peoplesoft or Oracle,
their tools are compliant with Section 508 standards, at least that is
what we are told. If, on the other hand, you are specifically dealing
with applications that have been developed internally, the likelihood of
having accessibility difficulties is high.


Pratik Patel
Managing Director
CUNY Assistive Technology Services
the City University of New York
(718) 997-3775

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 3:42 PM
Subject: RE: Browser-based business tools

If the business tools are browser-based, then, whatever the tools may
they may be outputting HTML. However, IE can also use Active-X, and it
other browsers can also run Java in the browser - those types of
applications are likely not accessible (correct me someone if I am
If the browser-based business tools (we use online tools for attendance,
expense recording and other types of HR and admin type functions) are
outputting HTML, then it may be possible to make them accessible.

Julian Rickards
Digital Publications Distribution Coordinator
Publications Services Section
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Phone: (705) 670-5608
Fax: (705) 670-5690

-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Pierce [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 9:24 AM
Subject: Browser-based business tools

Hi All,

Apologies for the long email in advance but please help!?!

We have an in-house resource kit based on principles and checklists from
sources such as Jim Thatcher's teachings, WAI and some e-learning
accessibility guidelines. However, I'm currently assessing a complex,
interactive task-based business tool. Some of our in-house tools are
inherently complex (they often enable rather 'involved' tasks) but we
like to achieve the best level of accessibility for moral reasons if

The British DDA legislation seems a little vague, and the WAI Guidelines
seem rather geared up for accessible ways of presenting web content,
is great, but I feel like we need something more substantial.

We've asked the Disability Rights Commission for advice on whether there
more specific guidelines they would recommend but am informed that they
won't help me because we employ over 100 people. Nor do they seem able
refer me to resources who/which might be able to help.

Does anyone know of any guidelines that might help us identify different
accessibility issues and solutions for browser-based business

The US seems to have advanced much further on accessibility than the UK
- is
there anything in 508 that addresses browser-based business tools?

Many thanks for your time and any feedback is much appreciated,


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