[Marketing-Public]Accessibility as a marketing opportunity
spam at temporalgyrus.com
Tue, 31 Aug 2004 04:54:27 +0100
Moz Champion wrote:
>>> Microsoft Internet Explorer hasn't even been assessed by Microsoft.
> Um, this site
> states that Microsoft completes a VPAT report on each version of
> software they produce and
> Microsoft then posts the VPAT on its corporate Web site, providing
> both government officials
> and consumers easy access to the information.
> So I would be careful about what claims you make relative to
> Microsofts relative compliance
If you knew me, you'd know I always try not to state anything I don't think
is well supported. During my research a couple months ago about current 508
status for moz, opera, and ie, I carefully read dozens of pages on the
including the page you quoted. So I'm quite familiar with both a picture MS
paint on that page and a quite different picture that emerges when you
dig a little.
In this case, you are even doing some significant filling in of their
picture for them that they didn't even really encourage that much.
In particular, where, in the page you quote, or any other MS page do
"Microsoft completes a VPAT report on each version of software they
What they say, at least on the page you linked (and I've not found
contradict this, and have found evidence to support it), is that:
"Microsoft has implemented a rigorous process to ensure that its product
consider Section 508 standards at each stage of design and development for
every NEW Microsoft product"
"After evaluating a product, Microsoft completes a Voluntary Product
Template (VPAT) ... Microsoft then posts the VPAT on its corporate Web site"
On the page you will see a "Find VPAT" link. If you follow it, you will
come to a
page with a list of VPATs. And guess what happens when you search the page
for "explorer". And in case that isn't enough to convince you of what is
here (it wasn't enough for me when I first did this research), one needs
to do a
search of all microsoft:
IE is not only not a new product, it's a way old product whose
had even been disbanded until June. 508 compliance isn't easy. I'd wager
are far adrift. Regardless, right now they haven't even completed a VPAT
haven't published one).
In the meantime we do have a completed VPAT. And it looks pretty good. And
there are other ways in which Mozilla is very well poised in terms of a
508 story, not
least the fact that it's open source which enables the sort of system
level and micro
level customizability that good accessibility demands.