[LINK] Target.com $6M damages for web accessibility

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Thu Oct 30 13:24:01 EST 2008


At 09:07 AM 30/10/2008, I wrote:
>US retailer, Target Corporation has agreed to make its web site ... 
>fully accessible to blind customers by February 2009 ... More at: 
><http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2008/10/targetcom-to-be-accessible-and-6m.html> 
>...

The link to the TAW Web Accessibility Test tool in my blog posting 
was incorrect. The correct link is (I hope): <http://www.tawdis.net/>.

Instead of being able to test a web page, the link gave an error 404 
in Spanish. The TAW tool is from the Center for the Development of 
Information and Communication Technologies in Asturias, Spain: 
<http://www.fundacionctic.org/web/contenidos/en/index.html>.

The online TAW tool is very useful for a quick accessibility check of 
a web page. CTIC also provide a free standalone version which can be 
used to check a web site before it is made public and also to test 
multiple pages online (I used it to check all the federal government 
homes pages). There is also a version as a Firefox extension, but I 
haven't tried it.

By the way, the W3C has produced a document showing the similarities 
between their accessibility and mobile web guidelines 
<http://www.w3.org/WAI/mobile/experiences>. It would be better if 
they had one set of guidelines for both accessible and mobile pages, 
but every little bit helps.

ps: Thanks to Martin Barry for pointing out the problem URL.



Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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