>> And for those of you with legal requirements to use or avoid 
>> certain features?great!  Use
>> them as you will!  But don?t criticize others who take a more 
>> practical approach and aren?t
>> enslaved by the legal requirements which chain you down.

I don't believe that legal requirements providing equity of access to all 
are a problem at all.  In fact just the opposite.  It's a delightful 
challenge to work with standards and legal requirements so that anyone is 
able to access web content without being hindered by artificial barriers 
and constraints.  While my legal requirements are specific, other laws are 
now being attributed to all web sites here in the US.  The recent Target 
case was a rather expensive $6 million learning exercise for that company 
and may have established a precedent for all (commercial) web sites in the 
US.  We will have to wait and see.  Apparently Virgin Blue in Australia is 
embroiled in its own problems with respect to standards and accessibility. 
 That case could go either way and also establish a precedent for web 
sites based in Australia.

In many ways the approach is similar to the old Fram oil commercials that 
used to run on TV here in the States ("You can pay me now or pay me 
later.") Designing and building according to standards is more 
cost-effective in the long run. It's a best practice.  It's good for 

And yes, as already demonstrated in this thread, one must be cognizant 
that not every web professional is able to effectively exercise their 
professional judgement when it comes to standards.  Being able to pay the 
rent and put food on the table is pretty strong incentive to just put 
one's head down and do the job.  At the same time the challenge for web 
standards is being addressed where that unfair burden does not exist. 

>> You just don?t realize it, but you?re enslaved more by your 
>> ?company? than I will *ever* be.

I fail to understand that doing the right thing for the greatest good 
could ever been seen as enslavement.  Removing artificial barriers has 
never been a form of enslavement in my book.

Dennis Lapcewich
US Forest Service Webmaster
Pacific Northwest Region - Vancouver, WA
360-891-5024 - Voice | 360-891-5045 - Fax

"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing 
it." -- George Bernard Shaw

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