But I digress
What I also found on this forum was a most excellent repsonse by Rachel Andrew of EdgeOfMySeat.com fame. Here are some snippets of what she said over on the Church Site Chat forum in response the off-topic back-n-forth:
As to not having enough time to do this – yes it can be a big task to retrofit an existing site but it is possible even in stages. I have an non-profit client who I built a site for about 4 years ago, long before we cared about this stuff and while version 4 browsers were the most recent versions. They can’t afford a huge rebuild so what I have been doing is, whenever I need to do some work on the site anyway, tackling some part of the problem – this is a 500+ page, static site but slowly it is becoming more accessible and it isn’t costing them or me any more than the regular maintenance would.
This site: The Simplified Web Accessibility Guide has a good approach to these issues, and isn’t as confusing and technical as the w3c specs. Just by reading through something like this you raise your own awareness, and then you tend to find that you start to work in a way that creates a more accessible site just because this info is in the back of your mind. There may be some things listed that you feel you can’t comply with – but there will be plenty that you can without any real extra work and I feel it is a shame if people feel that because they can’t do everything they put the blinkers on and do nothing.
Did you catch that hyperlink she offered? Boy, I’ll tell you, that was worth putting up with all the daggoned ads and even the Seinfeld character. In case you missed it, the Simplified Web Accessibility Guide — a document that reminds us that good web design makes information accessible. And that web designers need to be aware of accessibility issues in order to accommodate people with disabilities. “People with disabilities use the Web for the same things others do-education, employment, entertainment, shopping, and banking. In fact, they may rely upon the Web more than others because of their disabilities. The Web has opened many doors for people with disabilities but bad design can slam the door shut again!”
As Strong Bad would say … now THAT’s what I’m talking about! Yo Rachel A., if you’re reading this, there’s a free pizza waiting for you if you’re ever here near D.C. You’ll enjoy my wife’s company, she’s half Brit you know — I’ll need to stay home and make sure my 3 yar old doesn’t take over this blog.
Now , back to the topic of Christian Web Services …