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Re: accessibility staffing question


From: Langum, Michael J
Date: Jun 30, 2010 9:36AM

Jared has a very important point.

But because "mistakes happen," I think there is something to be said for post-production quality testing and (when needed) remediation. The resources required for this will vary with the size of a site, the way the web team is organized, the use of automated tools, and other factors.

-- Mike

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jared Smith
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 6:34 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] accessibility staffing question

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM, Mark Guisinger wrote:
> So, I'm wondering if any one has any good rules of thumb, on how much
> time on a project should be dedicated to an accessibility resource.
> 25%?

I'd say 100%. If you're treating accessibility of a product as something separate and discrete from the overall production of a product, then you're not implementing accessibility optimally. When accessibility is just a natural part of design and development, it doesn't cost anything more because you're simply creating an accessible product, rather than building a product and then trying to add accessibility to that product.

If you still want to try to quantify things, the accessibility allocation will generally be inversely proportional to the accessibility knowledge of those working on the project. Again, as they understand accessibility and just do it as part of what they do, it becomes natural to the production process and is quite easy. Good accessibility training and knowledge will almost always be more cost effective than trying to allocate distinct accessibility production time.

If this approach still doesn't suffice for you, then just call it 25% and I think you'll find this to unfortunately be about right. In other words, accessibility will always cost more if you approach it as something distinct.

Jared Smith