Thread Subject: Re: Subpart A- Draft - Comparable AccessDefinition
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From: Gregg Vanderheiden
Date: Wed, Mar 14 2007 6:25 PM
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I couldn't find where this term is used in the standards. Did I miss it?
If not - I'm not sure why are we considering defining it in the definition
section of the standards.
The only place I could find it was in the release notice pre-amble.
Not all government policies are based on maximizing economic efficiency.
Some policies are based on furthering the rights of certain classes of
individuals to achieve more equitable results, regardless of the effect on
economic efficiency. Accessibility to electronic information and technology
is an essential component of civil rights for persons with disabilities. The
final rule will ensure that Federal employees with disabilities will have
access to electronic and information technology used by the Federal
government that is comparable to that of Federal employees without
disabilities; and that members of the public with disabilities will have
comparable access to information and services provided to members of the
public without disabilities through the use of Federal electronic and
This doesn't qualify for defining it in the standard. In all the standards
groups I am in, terms have to be used in the standard to be included in the
definition section of a standard.
Did I miss it somewhere - or is it in someone' s proposed edit to the
If it is felt that we should be proposing how the preamble should be written
(and providing a better definition there which is where it would have to be
- inline ) then I would say something like:
All the same information and function, available at the same times of day,
in the same locations, at the same costs, with the same privacy, with
roughly the same efficiency, without needing to make special requests or
It is an interesting question.
But this looks out of scope for Part A.
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