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Re: Making Intranets accessible

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From: Kynn Bartlett
Date: Jan 30, 2003 11:49AM


Efficiency is more effective a word than lawsuit, but the truth is that
part of
being an equal-opportunity employer is making sure that your
infrastructure
does not prevent you from employing people with disabilities.

Some of the good reasons are:

1. Accessible sites are usually more efficient and usable, and an
intranet site wastes your company's time and yours alone whenever
there are inefficient usability problems.

2. Accessible sites are far more standards-based and thus are not
tied to proprietary systems. This allows, for example, your company
to switch to new desktop machines or browsers without having
to redo your entire intranet system. Accessible sites thus save
money in the long term. They also allow you to incorporate other
technologies into your site in an easier manner.

3. Many of your employees will be temporarily disabled from time
time. An accessible site is easier to use if you have sprained your
wrist or broken your arm.

--Kynn

On Thursday, January 30, 2003, at 10:26 AM, Glenda wrote:

>
> I am writing an article on making Intranets accessible: why it is
> important
> and how to do it? Of course, the benefits to business for making
> Internet
> sites accessible would differ from benefits related to accessible
> Intranets.
> Does anyone know of any resources that present compelling rationale?
> For
> example, how do you convince an employer to spend the money for
> retrofitting
> that will benefit only a limited number of employees? Uttering the
> word
> 'lawsuit' does not count.
>
> And, what is the most effective way to implement a plan? A top-down
> approach? To have one person [or department] 'champion' the
> initiative?
> Any input here would be appreciated.
>
> Looking forward to hearing from you.
>
> Cheers,
> Glenda
>
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> "Creating freedom and power through accessible communications"
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