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Re: offshore development and accessibility

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From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Feb 27, 2007 3:30PM


We should be careful not to judge offshore companies as a group - there
are additional challenges when working completely remotely and possibly
on a different schedule. On top of that, there are snake-oil
salespeople in every country; you can get lousy work from local shops
also...

AWK

> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 4:55 PM
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> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] offshore development and accessibility
>
> Thanks. Florida contracted with a US company that contracted
> with India.
> The system was not and still is not 508 complenant.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Laura Harley" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 7:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] offshore development and accessibility
>
>
> > My company recently worked with a firm in India who claimed to have
> > knowledge of Section 508 (among other things). After 8
> months of trying to
> > work with this firm, the company was finally dropped for lack of
> > competency
> > to meet the contract requirements. (There were specific
> legal designations
> > for breach of contract, which I don't know, but basically
> they were let
> > out
> > of the contract for incompetency.)
> >
> > My experience with the firm is that they read the Section 508
> > requirements,
> > but their understanding went no further than that. They had no real
> > understanding of what Section 508 required, on any level.
> The really
> > didn't
> > understand assistive devices or screen readers. You had to tell them
> > explicitly what to do to implement the HTML. We finally
> decided we didn't
> > need them, because we were doing all the work anyway.
> >
> > There may be firms in India who do understand Section 508,
> but my one
> > experience was extremely disappointing. The company
> misrepresented itself
> > to
> > get the work, but couldn't deliver. The project mgr. staff
> kept twisting
> > words to get us to accept work from them that was very
> below standard. If
> > we
> > wouldn't accept the work, they got angry and very pushy.
> >
> > My 2 cents.
> >
> > Laura
> >
> >
> > On 2/26/07 6:35 PM, "Jennison Asuncion"
> < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> > wrote:
> >
> >> (*Apologies for the cross-posting.)
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> I am interested in hearing from folks who would be
> willing to share
> >> their experience and/or best practices when it comes to
> dealing with
> >> offshore web development that includes accessibility requirements.
> >>
> >> Feel free to respond off-list if you'd prefer.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Jennison
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>