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RE: The Commercialization of Web Accessibility


From: Ricci, Mark
Date: Dec 19, 2001 9:42AM

I am new to the group and I am just beginning to get a feel for its
dynamics. Some of the responses to the post "The Commercialization of Web
Accessibility" have mentioned that a person with a disability shouldn't have
to pay for accessible content. Unfortunately, in order for a disabled
person to be treated fairly "Why should I pay money so I can get closed
captioning on a video when a "normal" person can view the same video for
free." the content producers mindset has to change.
The idea of making any source accessible to all has to come first,
not be done after the fact. This is where the costs come in that trickle
down to the consumers. The mindset of the country is to get content out to
the majority of consumers as quickly and cheaply as possible. Making
content accessible to all incurs additional cost which in the end cuts into
profits. Businesses have to come up with ways to make content accessible
cheaply. This is where Commercialization of Web Accessibility come
in. If businesses can provide content cheaply then their mindset will
change and accessible content will become a standard not an after the fact
expense. With the help of entrepreneurs the tools and services needed to
achieve this goal can be born.

My thoughts only,


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