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Re: examples of accessible e-commerce sites

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 15:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: pmcnall3@csc.com
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9909171519160.18831-100000@tux.w3.org>
On the 1st of december the Australian Government's enquiry, being conducted
by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission in Australia should be
able to give some examples - the interim report is due then.

A couple of specific cases which I think are problems are the registration
sites for Domain names, which are inaccessible (do not meet level-A of the
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). In the one case where I ahve followed
up on this the site in question has responded that they are planning to
overhaul the site and make it accessible, and I am hoping to follow up on the
other instance this weekend.

I just wandered through Amazon.com (since I recalled using it before) and
although I didn't actually do the transaction (since I don't want to buy
anything today) I put stuff in my shopping cart and went as far as
registering my details without encountering any WCAG P1 failures. Then I
realised there was a book I wanted to send. Turned out it was not in print in
the US, but I found it in the UK and registered, bought a book, and sent it

I knew the title I want, and got it by a search. This is not a complete test
by any means, but Amazon is a pretty large and well-known site. I guess there
are only about a zillion other ecmmerce sites I should test, but...

Charles McCN

On Fri, 17 Sep 1999 pmcnall3@csc.com wrote:

  Sorry if this question has been asked before...
  I am interested to know if anyone on this list knows of any
  e-commerce/e-business sites that are judged to be accessible?  I making a pitch
  to my group about designing accessibility into the e-business sites we develop
  for clients.  It would be great to tell people, look at these e-commerce sites
  that are accessible - we should be doing this!
  In my searching have come across mostly academic and non-profit organization's
  web sites that are accessible, e.g., passed Bobby, follows the WAI guidelines,
  however, I don't remember  coming across anything with a more business or
  corporate focus.
  Thanks for any help you can give me!
  Pete McNally
  e-Business Development Center
  CSC Consulting
  Waltham, MA USA
  phone: +1.781.906.2715
  email: pmcnall3@csc.com
  web: www.csc.com

--Charles McCathieNevile            mailto:charles@w3.org
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