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Re: Fwd: Why Validate?

From: Lloyd Wood <l.wood@eim.surrey.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 12:14:09 +0100 (BST)
To: Michael Bowen <fizzbowen@mindspring.com>
cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.21.0109241213260.4797-100000@phaestos.ee.surrey.ac.uk>
On Mon, 24 Sep 2001, Michael Bowen wrote:

> Could you please provide a more detailed citation for the blind user's 
> lawsuit? It would be very interesting to read the specific claims and findings.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Maguire%20vs%20SOCOG

not hard.

L.

> At 01:25 2001/09/24, Nick Kew wrote:
> 
> >   (2) The perceptive observation "lots of websites out there
> >       don't validate - including household-name companies."
> >
> >Do remember: household-name companies expect people to visit *because of*
> >the name and *in spite of* dreadful websites.  Can you afford that luxury?
> >
> >Even if you can, do you want to risk being on the wrong side of a lawsuit
> >if your site proves inaccessible to - for instance - a disabled person who
> >cannot use a 'conventional' browser?  Accessibility is the law in this
> >and other countries.  Whilst validation doesn't guarantee accessibility
> >(there is no complete substitute for common sense), it is an important
> >component of exercising "due diligence".  It is now just over a year
> >since a court first awarded damages to a blind user against the owners
> >of a website he found inaccessible (Maguire vs SOCOG, August 2000).

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