[ubuntu-uk] School websites

Grant Sewell dcglug at thymox.co.uk
Thu Jun 23 19:19:16 UTC 2011

On Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:47:29 +0100
Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:

> On 11/06/2011 11:43, Sean Miller wrote:
> > The key is that we need to EDUCATE the "educators" that
> > accessibility is important, and Word/Excel files disempower those
> > without the software to read
> I think the key point is not so much that the teachers need educating
> - they use what's placed in front of them.
> The key point IMHO is to educate the IT PROVIDERS such as RM that 
> Windows and Microsoft products are just one of a number of
> alternatives available.
> It's the IT PROVIDERS who sign exclusive contracts with the LEA (the 
> individual schools have no say in who provides their networking, 
> hardware etc) and it's they who need to change and accent new formats 
> and ideas of accessibility and open source.

To an extent, I agree with you.  However, there is also the argument
that RM et al are merely services and if the people to whom they are
providing a service demand XYZ then it would be inappropriate for RM et
al to provide PQR instead.

Get the teachers on board, the school will follow, the LEAs after that
and the service providers will either have to change their service or
risk not being the service provider any more.


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