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RE: To be or not to be...an alt tag, that is the question

From: Julian Vallis <lists@vallis.net>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 17:33:28 -0000
To: W3C WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20031202173335.683C313469@dr-nick.w3.org>

> [John]
> Do the Greek Governemant have any Accessibility laws in place? Because it is
> the country's regulations that seem to be the guiding force - the Sydney
> Olympic case was brought by an Australian under Australian LAw.

Knowing only in part (I'm half Greek) about Greek law, I can only speculate that if it is written in European law, it is almost certainly written in Greek law. Whether it is acted upon is *entirely* another matter! I was there in October and mentions of banning smoking in public were aired. Now 45% of Greeks *officially* smoke - it's about double in reality. And when McDonald's came to Greece and opened with non-smoking restaurants they were boycotted and still don't have a leading market share... So you can see that even written in law, with Greece, it's a lost cause, unless public favour takes the moral high ground :(

Secondly, because of the rush with the late works, I doubt considerations like WAI will be taken up seriously. Greeks tend to be ruthlessly pragmatic (at least that's what they think), and to them they will think it a waste of time and money to support the disabled minority - though they will never admit it! And if the disabled should take action, then:
a) good luck with the Greek courts (Test cases are famous for going belly up) and
b) it's law, so what's the problem?

At the end of the day, I wouldn't expect anything in terms of accessibility from Athens 2004!

kind regards

Jules
Received on Tuesday, 2 December 2003 12:33:35 GMT

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