Listen, don’t get the impression that I don’t care about accessibility; I do. I care deeply and passionately, if a little flippantly, about diverse ranges of people being able to access my sites. Not least, because my salary is paid through the enrolment of students on courses, regardless of the race, creed, gender or disabilities of the students in question.
I also care, however, about the avoidance of what Stuart Hall calls “Moral Panics” (A nice summary of what a moral panic is, and why it’s bad, can be found at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth). Yes, disabled users need to be suitably accommodated, yes the University has a recently acquired legal obligation to ensure that accommodation, but no, it is not helpful for us all to run around like chickens with their heads cut off, over-reacting, and making rash and unnecessary edicts about the way our web pages will be. My team remains five strong, regardless of how much work you make up for us to do, and besides, WE ARE DOING IT. Gradually, with reference to the people who actually know about this stuff, and the guidelines THEY issue, we are bringing the site into line, and we have strategies in place to do so more thoroughly in the future.
And I am not the heartless, unfeeling, unhelpful cow that people would have you believe.