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RE: Judgement in the SouthWest case.

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 20:29:41 -0500
To: Michael Brown <mike@maupuia.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <NDBBKJDAKKEJDCICIODLOEOKELAA.jim@jimthatcher.com>

The Southwest Airlines case, unlike the Atlanta MARTA case, is testing
whether or not the Court finds that the web site BN.com is "a place of
public accommodation." This is the key question. The  Eleventh Circuit has
been conservative in their interpretations of Title III of ADA.

I wanted to share the opinion with blind colleagues - it is in inaccessible
PDF
(http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/viewer/viewer.asp?file=/cases/opinions/02CV217
34d24.pdf) so I can't.

What is the issue? Whether or not the system "denies people with
disabilities the opportunity to compete on an equal basis and to pursue
those opportunities for which our free society is justifiably famous." That
is what the ADA is all about. It should not be limited to bricks and
mortar buildings in my opinion.

Jim
Accessibility Consulting
http://jimthatcher.com
512-306-0931
508 Web accessibility Tutorial: http://jimthatcher.com/webcourse1.htm


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Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 3:57 PM
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Subject: Re: Judgement in the SouthWest case.



tina wrote:

teo>  It would seem that the Judge has passed ... a judgement in the
teo>  SouthWest airlines cases. The story can be found at:

teo>     http://news.com.com/2100-1023-962761.html

Interestingly, another judge has ruled that the "Atlanta mass transit
agency violated the ADA by constructing a website that was
inaccessible for people with visual disabilities"

http://www.sedbtac.org/ed/whats_new/articles.cfm?id=2520


Regards

Mike Brown
TiS New Zealand Ltd :: web development - software development - usability

web: http://www.tis-nz.com
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