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Re: LibreOffice for the Mac; IAAP


From: Paul Bohman
Date: Apr 28, 2014 12:04PM

I can't speak for all of the IAAP, but as the (volunteer) chair of the
certification committee, here's my take:

IAAP intends to create a sustainable model that can last well into the
future. That means that some revenue has to come in. Either that or
everyone involved with IAAP will need to work for free, after their regular
work hours, and while that may sort of work, it will be slow and ultimately
quite difficult to sustain. The people involved with IAAP want to elevate
the profession through various methods, including educational
opportunities, community involvement, certification, and other initiatives.
I imagine that IAAP founders hope that the IAAP will become one of the main
gathering places about accessibility, but that doesn't mean they want to
put other groups out of business or make everyone pay to access information
that was once free. It will be an evolving landscape, and it remains to be
seen exactly how well some parts of the IAAP will be received, but I hope
that it is able to fulfill its mission of elevating the profession. And
while there are legitimate concerns about cost, I hope that the IAAP is
able to balance cost with the needs of people in the profession. Similarly,
I hope that people in the profession won't reject the IAAP simply because
there are costs associated with it. Think long term on this one, and the
need for an economically sustainable model.

Paul Bohman, PhD
Director of Training
Deque Systems, Inc
703-225-0380, ext.121

On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 1:34 PM, Karen Sorensen < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> Another advantage to using the free LibreOffice is that it's equation
> editor can output MathML. No MathType necessary.
> Good to know about the Title versus Description alt text Greg. I didn't
> know that!
> I learn so much from this listserv. It's like gold. This is what worries me
> about the newly formed IAAP group. It seems profit driven, rather than the
> free collegial sharing on accessibility that currently exists so abundantly
> now. What do others think about it?
> Karen M. Sorensen
> Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
> www.pcc.edu/access
> Portland Community College
> 971-722-4720
> *"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone
> regardless of disability is an essential aspect."* Tim Berners-Lee
> > > >