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Re: Legal Precedent Set for Web Accessibility

From: Cindy Sue Causey <butterflybytes@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 18:02:47 -0400
Message-ID: <4501E887.30109@gmail.com>
To: John Baab <john.baab@gmail.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Exactly.. I posted something *very* similar on an ADA Laws listserv 
earlier today regarding just this case.. I have at hand a very 
lightweight computer setup yet it is not out of the realm of 
feasibilities that I, or someone like me, could reproduce the website in 
question accessibly with that extremely limited resource if given time 
to study, self-teach what markup would correct it.. It's just NOT THAT 
HARD if one is truly invested in any given project at hand.......

My point in saying the above is that here we are talking about a 
multi-multi-multi dollar corporation that can afford enviable web 
development resources equally capable of coding accessibly, not just my 
  little $50 setup..

Now, I'm meandering ahead to someone possibly suggesting that their 
website errors and omissions, in particular those that directly affect 
accessibility, are the inevitable result of a design necessary to 
produce instantaneous, ever varying feedback for, say, product 
availability, pricing, etc..

In reflecting upon having seen past requests and responses regarding the 
Validator and certain markup [languages], anyone who has spent any 
amount of time around validators, compliance, et al, knows that there 
aren't many things that can't be fixed, marked up *somehow* to 
[validate] upon output to the [screen], thus, by default, quickly, 
easily insuring immediate better accessibility, *IF* one is, again, 
invested enough in a project to do the finger work it takes to learn the 
same (from any number of *f_r_e_e* resources available online no less)..

Admittedly my experience, and thus, insight remain limited alongside 
some of you all so I'm sure there may exist circumstances that *might* 
be very difficult to ever validate to the "green".. The thing in this 
case is that, on a random validation earlier today, the homepage for the 
Target website in question returned 556 errors, errors that potentially 
could negatively affect accessibility unto themselves, first gander 
revealing many recognizable as immediately correctable simply with a few 
quick strokes of the keyboard..

My very humble O.. :)

Cindy Sue

- :: -
Georgia Voices That Count, 2005
Talking Rock, GA, USA

John Baab wrote:

I just don't understand how so many people can have a problem with
coding their webpages the correct way. I mentioned this at work today
and got nothing but resistance from everyone around, people need to get 
over the fact that they don't actually do their job correctly, learn the 
correct way and quit being so defensive about it.
Received on Friday, 8 September 2006 21:38:42 UTC

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