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Re: Legal requirements RE: statistics

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 06:48:29 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200201160648.g0G6mTg04798@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> As such, by looking ahead, it is possible to avoid potential future legal 
> action by introducing accessibility now. In much the same way as it is 

I see no sign of British e-commerce doing this (and British e-commerce
sites tend to be particularly bad).  I suggest that this means that there
has been inadequate consultation with the people who will be most 
affected.

There are also other issues with legislation, to do with the tendency
to polarise.  There is some danger that people with play safe and
remove web sites entirely, thus destroying the value of those parts
of the web which carry real information (most e-commerce carries
little information other than stock lists and prices).  What I've
seen of an earlier code of practice suggests that there are lots
of things that could be used as exemptions in those cases, but some
may consider the cost of establishing the boundary too high.
Unfortunately I don't have time to flesh this point out now.

On the other hand, I doubt that sites that use the web in support
of another business than information will ever become accessible without
a stick to wave over them.
Received on Wednesday, 16 January 2002 02:43:08 GMT

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