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Re: Fwd: Congressional hearing on ADA and Internet

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 17:47:56 -0800
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To: Kelly Ford <kford@teleport.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 03:29 AM 1/16/2000 , Kelly Ford wrote:
>Hello Everyone,
>I apologize for the length of this material.  However I believe those interested in web accessibility may want to read this information.  I do not have additional information at this time about any hearing scheduled to talk about this topic.  However, if any such hearing does take place, it will be critical for those interested in web accessibility to be present to present our views.

Is there an executive summary anywhere? :)

>>VI.     Conclusion
>>Once the Federal government promulgates accessibility requirements that
>>apply to Federal department and agency Internet sites, they will likely be
>>used by private litigants suing private industry as a model for
>>accessibility standards that should apply to private Internet sites through
>>the ADA.  In light of the significance of the Internet economy to recent
>>economic growth, the costs that application of the ADA would impose on that
>>rapidly expanding segment of the economy, the opinion of the Clinton
>>Administration's Justice Department that the ADA does apply to the Internet,
>>and the substantial First Amendment implications of an application of the
>>ADA to the Internet, the development of a legislative record on these issues
>>now would likely prove valuable to all interested parties.

I'm not sure I get what this is saying.  Is it saying "because the
Internet is so vital to our future economy, we don't want to touch
it, and so we're going to build this vital future economy that
people with disabilities can't use?"

Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/
Received on Sunday, 16 January 2000 20:55:21 UTC

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