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Re: web accessibility retrofitting service


From: Lisa Fiedor
Date: Mar 24, 2008 10:40AM

Hi Phil,

I'm not sure what you mean by adding a self voicing system and a
templated patch. I'd definitely have to figure out how to work with
something like AxsJax.

Since there are potentially a lot of sites that faculty are developing,
I'm not sure about how outsourcing the work to a company would work, or
if it would scale. I'd need to get some idea of an hourly (?) cost or
some sort of cost schedule for how that would work. There is such
variability that would need to be accommodated, I'm just not sure how
cost effective it would be. Also, I forsee that there would need to be a
lot of participation of our faculty subject matter experts for accurate
alt text, for example, that I'm not sure how that would work with a 3rd

Thanks for your ideas!

Phil Teare wrote:
> In which case, like I say, a redesign would usually be best. And there are
> dozens of excellent companies out there, to do just that.
> If there are clear reasons for this being impractical, a retrofit is going
> to have many problems to overcome. Adding a self voiceing system and/or
> templated patch (a little like T.V Raman's AxsJax) is a way to work around
> these issues. This is something I'd be more than happy to investigate for
> you, and is something we've done before.
> I'd list other design companies for a redesign, but there are so many and
> I'd hate to leave anyone out.
> Best
> Phil
> On 24/03/2008, Lisa Fiedor < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Actually, I'm scoping out the development of an accessibility production
>> service for our campus, and was wondering whether anyone has done that
>> somewhere else. Our faculty are generally not experienced web
>> developers, and there is interest in providing a service that will work
>> with their online course materials and either redesign or retrofit them
>> to be accessible. The majority of our public sites are accessible, but
>> when it comes to course pages, there is some work that needs to be done.
>> By whom, is the question.
>> Thanks,
>> Lisa
>> Phil Teare wrote:
>>> Looking at your site, its not so bad. Which areas are you wanting work
>> done
>>> on? Are they they public, for me to have a poke at?
>>> Cheers
>>> Phil
>>> On 24/03/2008, Phil Teare < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>>>> While most would say rewrites are better than retrofitting (and I'd
>>>> agree), if you have the resources/time... we could look at it as a
>> project.
>>>> Talklets and V Browser offer fairly unique add-on services. They can
>> both be
>>>> bespoke tailored to work around the shortcomings of a given legacy
>> system.
>>>> Best,
>>>> Phil
>>>> --
>>>> Phil Teare,
>>>> CTO & Chief Architect,
>>>> http://www.talklets.com from Textic Ltd.
>>>> (44) [0] 208 4452871
>> --
>> -- -- --
>> Lisa Marie Fiedor
>> Web Accessibility, Usability, & Design Specialist
>> DELTA Instructional Support Services
>> Campus Box 7111, NC State University, Raleigh NC 27695-7111
>> Rm 2133 DH Hill Library, East Wing
>> v 919-513-4616 f 919-513-4005