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Re: FW: US DOJ Ruling re Accessible Web Sites

From: <empower@smart.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 21:05:06 -0700
Message-Id: <199803240202.VAA08229@gemini.smart.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
While I agree it is preferable to motivate web developers to voluntarily
"do the right thing," I think a multi-pronged strategy is needed in this
area as in others.  Reminding folks of legal obligations to build
accessible environments can provide another, sometimes pivotal reason
for doing so.

Regards,
Jamal

On 1998-03-19 jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU said:
   >On Thu, 19 Mar 1998, Scott Luebking wrote:
   >> Hi,
   >> Can WAI establish a web site for legal information concerning
   >> web accessibility?  It be great to have a one-stop shopping
   >>center.  It would need to be broken down by country.
   >JW:: I understand that in the early stages of the WAI, a project of
   >this kind was attempted, but that reliable information was not
   >readily obtainable. I think there is definitely scope for such a
   >site. However, the primary task of the WAI educational effort
   >should be to persuade authors and software developers to adopt
   >universal design strategies out of a sense of justice and
   >responsibility, rather than to raise the threat of legal liability.
   >It is preferable to appeal to the high ethical standards and
   >integrity of web content providers and software developers than to
   >base one's argument on the provisions of antidiscrimination law.
   >Nevertheless, it may be useful to provide information concerning
   >the relevance of anti-discrimination laws in different countries to
   >the provision of web-based documents and services. The Human Rights
   >and Equal Opportunity Commission in Australia has already done so
   >by releasing a discussion paper, a reference to which is included
   >in the WAI page author guidelines.

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