Very obvious to the keen observer! In a bad economy, making one's website accessible is definitely not a priority but then the question is: When would accessible websites become a priority? If the economy is bad then companies have some good reasons to give us. Such as: Saving jobs is more important, cutbacks on spending are the priority, a freeze on new projects is paramount in order to conserve funds, and so on.
In a good economy, companies often give reasons such as: It is too costly to make websites accessible at the moment and projects that generate revenue need to be undertaken first, new employees are needed to design and develop websites and services, and accessible websites are too costly to implement. Besides, accessible websites would not be beneficial to the mainstream person.
Too bad but what most companies fail to see is that if they take the time to make their websites accessible from the outset, none of these reasons or excuses would become necessary in good or bad times but getting back to the point at hand: We should not expect companies to give their attention to accessible websites during hard economic times. Not going to happen.
I'm Donna J. Jodhan, an accessibility and special needs business consultant wishing you a terrific day. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
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