CNET News: Blind patrons sue Target for site inaccessibility
Blind patrons sue Target for site inaccessibility
National Federation of the Blind sues Target over Web site accessibility problems after negotiations broke down in January. I still see a prevailing feeling that Web Accessibility means making special adjustments for a very small number of people. Soon we will see this isn't true, and that it's not extra work. Web accessibility should be part of the Base Service when designing a Web site. No extra charge.
The problem was that Target refused to accomodate them. If you notice in the story, and what I wrote, the group contacted Target May 2005 about the problems, and those negotiations broke down January of this year. This lawsuit occured because Target wasn't willing to cooperate. Not because blind people are vengefull.
Another problem was a mouse was required to order anything at all and it couldn't be done via keyboard! The main point was they weren't prepared to make "reasonable adjustments" even after being asked.
Hopefully that will wake a few people up to be a bit more accomodating!
In a world without walls and fences - who needs Windows and Gates?! - Unknown Author
"And there's Bill Gates, the...most...famous...man in the...ah...Microsoft." -- A TV commentator for the 2000 Olympics.
And yet the article noted an appellate case the judges upheld a previous decision that the ADA doesn't apply to Web sites. Even the judges said this should be revisited. Their basic complaint was that the ADA explicitly applies to physical spaces, not cyber spaces.
They'll think of any loophole won't they? Surely the are a "Provider of Service" though and hence have legal obligations? Next they'll say TV doesn't need to be accessible in any form, or warn about fast strobe light.
Last edited by Robert Wellock; 02-15-2006 at 01:12 PM.