[LINK] Call for disabled internet revolt - UK
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Sun Mar 12 12:58:26 EST 2006
At 09:22 AM 3/12/2006, Jan Whitaker wrote:
>More on UK accessibility reactions.
>>Call for disabled internet revolt By Mark Ballard The Register (UK),
>>March 10, 2006 ...
>>Being nice has achieved little ... The Disability Rights Commission plans
>>to call upon disabled internet users to rise up against inaccessible
>>website owners and help it take complaints with the force of law. ...
Might be better to be polite and litigious: "Change your web site to comply
with the law, please, or we will take you to court".
>>... limitations in the WAI accessibility standards ...
The problem is not with the standards, but with web designers who refuse to
implement even the most basic one: putting text captions on images.
>>"We are serving notice that the Disability Rights Commission will use all
>>its powers to secure compliance on this very important matter," ...
The DRC should get some pointers from their Australian colleagues at HREOC,
who are probably the world leaders in the field.
>>... The DRC gets around 2,000 calls a week, but very few complaints. ...
Perhaps DRC and/or RNIB should set up an online complaints system. People
could then enter their complaint directly into a web form (a very
accessible web form of course), or telephone staff could enter it for them.
>>This could be useful, as 80 per cent of developers told the DRC that
>>their clients were not interested in building accessible sites. ...
An online complains system could register a complaint against the
developers of the web site, as well as against the organization the web
site was built for. Those who are members of a trade association or
professional body are usually subject to a code of conduct. While
membership of such bodies is usually voluntary and punishment is limited to
expulsion, it may bring action if suddenly dozens of members are up on
charges of misconduct.
As an example, I did a quick search and found:
* British Web Design and Marketing Association have a Code of Conduct
<http://www.bwdma.co.uk/42> and an Accessibility Guide
* British Computer Society have a Code of Conduct
<http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.6030#publicinterest> and an article
about web accessibility <http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.3042>.
* UK Civil Service has a code against unethical and unlawful activities
and the UK Cabinet Office an accessibility checklist
Complaints could be automatically routed to the relevant government or
private complaints body. The complaint would ask for the responsible
employee or civil servant to be sacked and their professional association
to expel them. For a government agency the Parliament would be asked to
censure it and for companies their trade association expel it.
The system could automatically monitor and publish statistics on how long
each complaints body took to respond, and the outcome. The system could be
designed to be expanded globally.
If the Civil Service Commissioners and other complaints bodies refused to
accept complaints from the system, a charge could then be made against them
for unlawful discrimination.
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