Accessibility in the Agency Environment

19 Sep 2007 - 8:46pm
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Challis Hodge
2003

Curious to know how various interactive agencies are handling
accessibility. Dedicated accessibility group? Individual practitioners
floating across teams? Is it implicitly built into the process? Just
winging it?

-challis

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19 Sep 2007 - 8:59pm
SemanticWill
2007

Agencies don't do accessibility. They are advertising firms. They design
flash sites.
I will eat my words if someone shows me one agency site that is 508
compliant.

On 9/19/07, Challis Hodge <challis at experiencepeople.com> wrote:
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> Curious to know how various interactive agencies are handling
> accessibility. Dedicated accessibility group? Individual practitioners
> floating across teams? Is it implicitly built into the process? Just
> winging it?
>
> -challis
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20 Sep 2007 - 3:26pm
Amy Silvers
2007

The agency that I work for is encountering a growing number of clients
who are concerned with accessibility because of lawsuits against
high-profile retailers with non-compliant sites. Our =approach is
usually to build an HTML-only version of the Flash site, which isn't
ideal but is better than nothing. At least one client is budeting for
time and resources to build a non-Flash experience that's more than
a watered-down afterthought to the Flash site. I'm not sure whether
the non-Flash sites are truly 508-compliant.

To answer Challis's original question, we have one accessibility
specialist who floats among projects, and we have some basic
guidelines that creatives are supposed to follow when our specialist
is unavailable. "Supposed to" is the operative phrase there. But
clients do seem to be paying a little bit more attention to the
subject nowadays.

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20 Sep 2007 - 8:50pm
Steven Keith
2007

Www.capstrat.com is an agency that does a lot of work requiring 508
compliance. Thus we strive to be so as well. We work with a local school
for the visually impaired to keep us on our toes and to police the integrity
of our compliance as opposed to running it through the 508-o-mat like Bobby.

We also do flash sites.

Accessibility is woven into four functional groups within our interactive
group. Strategy, UX, Design and Development. Each of these groups has a lead
who, among a myriad of other tasks, makes sure that accessibility is
achieved as required. We once left this up to the developers only and that
failed.
Steven Keith | Director of Interactive | capstrat

On 9/19/07 10:59 PM, "W Evans" <wkevans4 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Agencies don't do accessibility. They are advertising firms. They design
> flash sites.
> I will eat my words if someone shows me one agency site that is 508
> compliant.
>
> On 9/19/07, Challis Hodge <challis at experiencepeople.com> wrote:
>>
>> Curious to know how various interactive agencies are handling
>> accessibility. Dedicated accessibility group? Individual practitioners
>> floating across teams? Is it implicitly built into the process? Just
>> winging it?
>>
>> -challis
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> List Guidelines ............ http://beta.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://beta.ixda.org/help
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://beta.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> Questions .................. list at ixda.org
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>
>

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