I’m removing the entry on the W3CAG due to a mistake on my part regarding the scope of a non-disclosure agreement. I had thought that the material would be okay to post since it was taken from the W3C guidelines, not realizing that I had transformed it into an internal process that was protected under my contract. This was an unintentional breach of professional ethics and should serve as a lesson on how a little ignorance can harm others. To compensate for my mistake I promise to create a new tutorial on accessibility on my own time (using my own material) that will go up here this week. I apologize for any inconvenience this mistake may have caused.

In the meantime you may go to www.w3c.org to read their accessibility guidelines.

If you are looking for the information on validation go to validator.w3.org.

After reflecting on this for a little while I think it is important to note that, while such an error could seem trivial in this instance, it is important to be aware of your commitments to those you do business with and to always hold to your promises, particularly those regarding confidentiality. Trust and credibility can be lost through a seemingly small action and can be impossible to restore once they are lost.

As information professionals we must always try to be aware of the confidence placed in us by our employers and clients to safeguard their private information. In order to do our jobs effectively we must have access to a great deal of information, often of a sensitive or proprietary nature. Even unintentional slips like mine undermine the trust that has been placed in us. I hope that my story can serve as a cautionary tale for those of you who, like me, believe in the freedom of information and the sharing of knowledge but also bear a responsibility to those who you do business with to protect their private information.

Kevin Hall
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