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RE: [Fwd: INTERNET WORLD NEWS, February 09, 2000]

From: Wayne Crotts <wcrotts@arches.uga.edu>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 23:39:58 -0500
To: "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBLHDBCLOBGNIIEFMAMEMLCAAA.wcrotts@arches.uga.edu>

Sorry, but how can this article be called objective?-- they only give quotes
from one side of the argument.  It reads more like a press release from a
group that favors ADA intervention, than a recap of the hearing.

Such rhetoric can do more harm than good.  It is easy to be a cheerleader
and say 'we want accessibility for all.'  It is another, to get into the
grind and have to deal with the implications and realities-- and actually
persuading people to one's point of view.

The questions raised by many of those opposed to ADA intervention at the
hearing are real ones.  Concerns as to who is going to be the governing body
to decide what is accessible and what is not, arguments that the language of
ADA may exclude it from being used in Internet accessibility issues.  There
are many other such issues mentioned yesterday that need to be hashed out in
the public arena.  To bring these concerns as to ADA law to the table does
not preclude that person from being for or against accessibility to the

The article mentioned makes it seem that there are no such barriers to
accessibility considerations to be made-- in fact, no difficulties in making
all web sites accessible.  If we put forth this type of rhetoric I fear that
we do more harm than good.


Wayne Crotts
Information/Computer Services
Institute on Human Development and Disability
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Michael Burks
> Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2000 9:40 PM
> To: kathleen.anderson@po.state.ct.us; wai-ig list
> Subject: RE: [Fwd: INTERNET WORLD NEWS, February 09, 2000]
> Kathleen,
> Thank you for the feeds on these....this one appears to be the
> best so far,
> at least to me it seems the most objective.
> Sincerely,
> Mike Burks
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Kathleen Anderson
> Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2000 9:19 PM
> To: wai-ig list
> Subject: [Fwd: INTERNET WORLD NEWS, February 09, 2000]
> Another news story -
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: IWNews <IWNews@iwnews.iw.com>
> Subject: INTERNET WORLD NEWS, February 09, 2000
> Wednesday, February 9, 2000
> Vol. 2  Issue 27
> http://www.internetworldnews.com
> *Today's Headlines (scroll down for full story)
> House Panel Weighs Making Web Sites Accessible to Disabled
> House Panel Weighs Making Web Sites Accessible to Disabled
> By Kathleen Murphy
> A subcommittee of the House of Representatives heard
> testimony Wednesday about whether commercial Web sites should
> have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
> (ADA).
> By early March, the federal government is scheduled to issue
> handicapped-accessibility requirements that will apply to
> federal Web sites beginning in August. The proposed rules
> include provisions that streaming video be captioned, that
> the use of color to convey information be restricted, and
> that nonvisual formats compatible with Braille and
> speech-synthesis devices be provided. Other provisions may
> prohibit animation unless a static display is offered as
> well.
> The Justice Department has stated that the ADA's
> accessibility requirements already apply to private Web sites
> and services, and on Nov. 2, 1999, the National Federation
> for the Blind filed a class action lawsuit against America
> Online alleging that AOL violates the ADA.
> At issue overall is Title III of the ADA, which requires
> that most businesses guarantee the disabled full and equal
> enjoyment. But some have argued that forcing ISPs to comply
> with the ADA violates free speech rights; they insist that
> Web sites don't meet the ADA's physical-world definition of
> "public accommodation."
> Peter Blanck, a University of Iowa law professor, told the
> House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution
> ( http://www.house.gov/judiciary/2.htm ) Wednesday
> that certain online retail stores may be legally subject to
> compliance with the ADA, because they are covered under Title
> III's description of entities offering goods and services to
> the public.
> Charles Cooper, a lawyer representing the National
> Federation of the Blind ( http://www.nfb.org ),
> told the subcommittee that free speech rights won't be
> violated by applying the ADA to Web sites. "The values
> that are central to the First Amendment are not implicated by
> a statute that in no way restricts -- and in fact, expands --
> the dissemination of a speaker's freely chosen message,"
> Cooper said.
> The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative
> ( http://www.w3.org/WAI/ ) has offered Web
> designers guidelines for supporting the needs of disabled
> users. Dennis Hayes, chairman of the U.S. Internet Industry
> Association, said, "The answer to the problem of
> accessibility is not regulation, but rather education and
> participation." Commercial sites may not realize the
> buying power of the disabled, Hayes said. WeMedia.com
> ( http://www.wemedia.com ), a site dedicated to
> people with disabilities, estimates that people with
> disabilities account for over $1 trillion in purchasing power.
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