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RE: UK Businesses Reject Accessible Web Sites

From: John Colby <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 23:07:35 -0000
Message-ID: <107DE25EC0216C45AEF670016024245F022A7145@exchangea.staff.uce.ac.uk>
To: "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Biggest problem is that as yet ther's no case law in the UK - the two cases brought in July 2003 were settled out of court
 
John

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	Subject: UK Businesses Reject Accessible Web Sites
	
	


	There was an article in The Register today:
	
	<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/23/plcs_hit_back_at_complaints_on_accessibility/>
	
	that is about a committee of major UK companies who have basically said:
	
	1) they believe that providing phone access excuses them from making
	   web sites accessible;
	
	2) the cost of fixing all their myriads of inaccessible pages would be
	   excessive;
	
	3) if the law wants to force them to make web sites accessible, it must be
	   explicit guidelines.
	
	The article wasn't clear as to where on the line between:
	
	- comply with WCAG level X; and
	
	- mechanically verifiable rules,
	
	was meant by explicit guidelines.
	
	
	

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