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From: julian.rickards@ndm.gov.on.ca
Date: May 30, 2003 7:03AM


Hi:

Here in Ontario, we have a similar legislation to the Section 508 called
ODA, Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2001) which is based on WAI-AA level.
The ministries of the government all produce publications and through a tool
called LIO (pronounced, "Leo"), anyone can to a geospatial search for
publications. The LIO tool is Java-based and therefore very difficult to
make accessible much like any of the map sites such as MapQuest might be.
Another tool we have is called CLAIMaps which is a Java-based, geospatial
tool for searching for mining claims - again, very difficult to make
accessible. ODA has an exemption clause which simply states that if it is
not technically feasible to make a sub-web ODA-compliant, it may be
exempted. For these sub-webs, this is what has been applied to them.

In case anyone is curious, the sites are located at:

LIO:
http://lioib.lio.mnr.gov.on.ca/lioib/uien/disclaimer.asp?CALLINGURL=/lioib/u
ien/MNDM.asp
<http://lioib.lio.mnr.gov.on.ca/lioib/uien/disclaimer.asp?CALLINGURL=/lioib/
uien/MNDM.asp>
CLAIMaps:
http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/mndm/mines/lands/claimap3/disclaimer_e.asp
<http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/mndm/mines/lands/claimap3/disclaimer_e.asp>;

Although this may not help you make your site accessible, it is how we have
addressed the issue.

Jules

Is anyone offering GIS or any sort of dynamically-created maps on the Web?
How do you address the accessibility issue?


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