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Re: Mailman accessibility


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Aug 9, 2005 11:08AM

Laura Carlson wrote:

> Our web master/systems administrator says that "It would be best if the
> Mailman developers edit the code, otherwise we will be in a state of
> code drift, making it difficult or impossible to upgrade later." He also
> says that "We didn't create the pages, we only provide them via a
> product, hence we are not in violation of any [accessibility] policies."
> That was an eye opener. The fact that we didn't create the mailman
> software but just host the resulting inaccessible pages get us "off the
> hook".

Without sounding critical, does this sysadmin speak with any kind of
authority? It sounds rather strange to me that such a clause exists.
Shouldn't there be some sort of procurement policy clearly stating that
only accessible systems should be put in place?

Call me naive, but this sounds like too large a loophole.

Patrick H. Lauke