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From: Glenda
Date: Sep 30, 2004 1:55PM


Darrel,

Yes, I've been thinking analogy way too lately. Rather than saying 'Web
Accessibility Specialist', which generally results in the glazed-over-eye
look, I'm wondering if something like 'virtual building inspector' or
'website building inspector' would be more understandable.

I mean, large companies have these impressive[=expensive] boardrooms that
serves a finite number of people per year. Yet making their site
accessible, which could potentially serve way, and probably at a fraction of
cost -- but that is such a 'leading edge' concept. How does it not make
good business sense?

I'll check out the sound bite.

Cheers,
Glenda
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From: darrel.austin [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 12:39 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] No decision from the Appeals court



> So, maybe the next step is to figure out to speak 'web accessibility'
> in business language? And to do this fairly quickly, before the
> legislators swoop in. Personally, I would like to see way more info
> and figures for the business case. I now have a potential
> opportunity to work with Chambers of Commerce And I'm going to need
> that sort of information to get them to bite.

I know it's an anology, and anologies can be dangerous, but I do find a lot
of parallels in the architecture/construction business and web
design/development business. The benefit is that there tends to be all sorts
of real-world cost issues analyzed in the construction business.

Fine Homebuilding had a nice 'sound-bite' pertaining to the costs of
accessibility:

http://mnteractive.com/universal-design-in-wood-and-pixels/

Accessibility isn't really a hindrance to any project. It's a benefit. You
just need to plan for it. Good business revolve around good planning.

-Darrel

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