[LINK] Call for disabled internet revolt - UK
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Mon Mar 13 10:05:32 EST 2006
Tom Worthington wrote:
> 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.
Even more so, that web design is often taught at TAFE colleges using
Dreamweaver by ppl who don't know the standards themselves. I've seen
the type of thing that comes out of these shops first hand, and it ain't
pretty code, but it makes good eye candy...
Also given the amount of spam there is around advertising web site
design, then standards, and enforcing standards, stand little chance of
Too many "fly by nighters"...
> 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
> * UK Civil Service has a code against unethical and unlawful activities
> and the UK Cabinet Office an accessibility checklist
...again, what do you do about the moonlighters...
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