[access-uk] Re: BBC Iplayer

  • From: "Colin Fowler" <col.fowler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 15:02:16 +0100

Hi Ray,
You're absolutely right there. Where the difference here is though, is the 
simple fact that the BBC is a public authority, this development and the 
subsequent introduction of new applications is paid for by us as licence payers!
The BBC have a statutory obligation to comply with their due regard for the 
equality of opportunity for disabled people, and I player as an application as 
it has been introduced and currently is available does not demonstrate that the 
BBC has in anyway complied with this.

Now, if the BBC who have a statutory obligation to comply with legislation and 
don't bother, what message does that send out to application developers working 
in the private sector? 
This is a golden opportunity for those people disadvantaged by inaccessible 
applications to make a statement. We are not prepared to put up with this 
discriminatory behaviour any longer!

So who's going to support this? individuals? the BCAB? the BCS?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Rays Home 
  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 2:19 PM
  Subject: [access-uk] Re: BBC Iplayer

  Well Colin, yu've managed to find something at BCAB!  I've just searched 
through this month's archive and didn't encounter anything about the new 

  There is of course no defence of the IPlayer as it stands but so many large 
companies just never ever seem to integrate accessability into the design of 
software and websites.  It always seems to be that occasionally something gets 
done, and then the issue is forgotten about and hasn't made its way into 
general practice of developer teams.

  I've no idea wether Ulie Schiller is VI or not;  most likely not even though 
there are VI software writers in the mainstream if very rarely.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Colin Fowler 
    Subject: [access-uk] Re: BBC Iplayer

    Hmmmmmm, and is Julie Shiller a screen reader user? Not another sighted 
person that uses a screen reader from a sighted 
    persons perspective of testing applications?

    Eric Hugger is the head of future media and technology and Andrea Kalander 
the head of diversity, I think that we should be petitioning people with  that 
seniority for improvements, after all they are answerable for any infringements 
to accessibility and equality.

    I've viewed the BCAB archive on the I Player thread, and apart from one 
message that demonstrated just what and how systemic the problem at the BBC is, 
there didn't seem to be anything of any more interest.


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