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[media] Web Accessibility Ripples Through IT

From: Kathleen Anderson <kathleen.anderson@po.state.ct.us>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 07:49:12 -0500
Message-ID: <3A87DBC8.6B58B049@po.state.ct.us>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
InternetWeek Online

Web Accessibility Ripples Through IT

A rule requiring federal agencies to make information technology
accessible to disabled people should spawn new, affordable products
e-businesses can apply to make their Web sites easier to navigate for
all their customers.

Among the products affected by section 508 of the Workforce Investment
Act of 1998, to take effect this summer, are Web design tools, e-mail
software, database servers and keyboards.

As federal agencies begin demanding technology that facilitates access
for the disabled, vendors are bundling such features into their core
products rather than creating multiple versions, experts said. As a
result, it should soon be much less expensive to accommodate the
disabled online. Previously, serving that audience--estimated to
represent $1 trillion in disposable income--required costly, highly
specialized software or heavy redesign work. 

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Kathleen Anderson, Webmaster
Office of the State Comptroller
55 Elm Street
Hartford, Connecticut  06106
e-mail: kathleen.anderson@po.state.ct.us
URL: http://www.osc.state.ct.us/
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