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Re: Memorandum from Paul Taylor wrt ADA and the Internet

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 11:24:21 -0500 (EST)
To: Kelly Ford <kford@teleport.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0001211122420.18692-100000@tux.w3.org>
http://www.angusrobertson.com.au - I buy books, and would buy them from an
Australian company to ship them to my australian home. But their site was
inaccessible when I tried it, so I don't buy from them.


On Fri, 21 Jan 2000, Kelly Ford wrote:

  I'd be curious to know why you are so against legal action to compell
  improved web accessibility?  While I certainly don't think it is the first
  approach, in many cases the force of law is the best method to compel action.
  I've watched the web grow more and more inaccessible as time goes by.  This
  probably isn't a popular opinion but all the guidelines, standards and such
  seem to have little impact on the web's development.
  Show me an e-commerce site that's been hurt by inaccessibility.  Obviously
  these sorts of sites will be hard to find because who knows how many
  transactions have been lost when someone found a transaction too difficult
  to complete.  But I don't see too many e-commerce vendors running around
  saying, "Gee, if I incorporate accessibility I'll make more money."

Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org    phone: +61 (0) 409 134 136
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative                      http://www.w3.org/WAI
21 Mitchell Street, Footscray, VIC 3011,  Australia 
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