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Does W3C work on accessiblity of email, and if not why not?
CMN It was outside the scpoe of W3C work (the web). That may be changing

MF's important to us in Universities, and we should be able to provide important input

If we collect names of peoploe who know about accessiblity, this could be useful. What are the downsides?
LN Well, you could get someone's name when they aren't producing accessibility. It is important to keep the responsibility for checking the quality of the work where it can be properly checked - e.g. the customer could ask for demos of work. But knowing where to find people who care would be helpful

MF There is a need for willingness, and a big stick behind. The NCET site will be accessible. Martin K Fathers Promises this... Saying "point me to a site that is truly accessible" doesn't necessarily come up with a good result. And there is a tension between developers wanting to finish, and getting teh result right.

JW The Education and Outreach group is working on getting information into training programs and materials

How proactive is W3C in talking to people about guidelines? When WCAG came out I had to revise my ideas - I had been used to Bobby, but then there was a whole lot more.
CMN We try to be proactive. We don't have a lot of resources and we rely on participation. It is important to be refreshing ideas of accessibility, and to have a process where statements can be challenged.

LN W3C stuff is in development, and teh work that is out there already is based oln what the web was like. But there is a big question on the web about trust. Who do you trust? A friend? a friend of a friend? It would be nice to have "an authority" to check up and take care of telling us if something is accessible. But it is not practical. A lot of the work on metadata, search engines, and so on is designed to allow that to be easier, not for "an authority" but for people to make statements about what is around them that they know about. Then you can ask for trusted information about information.

We started with whether we would advertise people who do accessibility, but there are still questions of trust and credibility. Endorsement is important, and industry bodies need to be careful about giving endorsements.
LN Of course people can change what they did. But if you have a body who says what they know, then you can't guarantee it forever, but you can have information made available. The Web way to do things is to make available an information space, where people can make statements and decide how to use those.
What's a 1-sentence way to raise the profile of accessibility
CMN Well, you could make a few more people disabled, so they understand then problems...
JW Add it to books, information, training material
MF Look at education and get the students to learn it
LN I spoke in New Zealand about accessibility. Talking and getting people together is important, but it also has to be at government level.