Posted 15 September 2006 - 03:24 AM
This moring I was watching Devshed's weekly "News You Can't Use". In the broad cast, they mentioned that a Us Federal Court ruled that Retailers may be suied if there web site is inexcessable to the blind.... What is that? Here is a link to the broad cast. The part about the suit starts at 3 mins 55 sec.
This is the craziest thing that I have ever heard of. Do we need to start codding in barille now?
Posted 15 September 2006 - 06:05 AM
Posted 15 September 2006 - 03:35 PM
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 03:41 PM
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 04:05 PM
This is the craziest thing that I have ever heard of
Then obviously you've never heard about the W3C WAI group, or about US 508 (Americans with Disabilities Act) or countless other pieces of legislation that exist in countries around the world that require compliance for certain industries and applications. And yes, it applies to web sites in certain instances. If you can't create a compliant web site, then your chances of getting work from a government agency just dropped to near zero.
Posted 16 September 2006 - 12:08 AM
The thought of a blind person surfing the web never occured to me. Before yesterday morning I had never heard of any blind people surfing the web.
From what danielo said, I don't think that it will be that much work to make it accessable to every one. I don't realy want to exclude anyone for any reason and will make every resonable attempt to make it accessable to everyone.
I will read up on that.
Thanks for the links. Any more links to articles on accessibility would be great.
Posted 16 September 2006 - 12:35 AM
From what danielo said, I don't think that it will be that much work to make it accessable to every one.
Well, unless your code is very close to accessible right now that's an optimistic view. While there are automated tools that can check your site, there's nothing like the W3C html and CSS validators to 'prove' you have met any of the three WAI levels.
One important factor is redesigning menus (and your pages) so that they are accessible to people who don't use a mouse and don't want to tab through a thousand sidebar links to reach the content.
One of the biggest difficulties you'll face is understanding what the heck the WAI standards actually mean in terms of real life coding, and then coming up with code that meets the standard.
I don't realy want to exclude anyone for any reason and will make every resonable attempt to make it accessable to everyone.
That's the only correct path. If you think of it in terms of customers coming into a store, why would you not want all of them to come in and buy?
http://www.accessify.com/ is packed with accessibility aids and facts.
The very best tool I've ever found for checking standards and accessibility is available (at present) only for the world's most popular browser and runs as a simple browser toolbar so you're only ever one click away from checking and evaluating your page live. I use it all the time and you can get one at http://www.visionaus...o.aspx?page=614 [you do check your sites in IE don't you?] and it's free.
Another excellent accessibility tool is http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca/ - free.
Stick with it and you will be able to get it done. You'll learn a lot and be justifiably proud when you have an accessible site.
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