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Subject: RE: [uk-netmarketing] RE: Blind Readers
From: Melanie BEECH
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 14:52:14 -0000

Given the only current standard for accessibility guidelines is that
provided by the W3C with its web accessibility initiative, I would imagine
that at present it is sufficient to implement those guidelines. If it can
be deminstrated that these guidelines have been fully implemented, a site
owner will probably be deemed to have made all necessary efforts. In theory,
all specialised browsers can access sites which follow the WAI rules.

Otherwise, it would be a bit like being prosecuted for not providing access
to a shop for wheelchairs with triangular wheels: it is not the shopkeeper's
fault that the tool the person is using is badly designed, so long as he has
made provision for wheelchair users in general, according to the standards
in place at the time, i.e. a ramp for wheelchairs with round wheels.

any lawyers out there got any ideas about all this?

m

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Lee Rickler [meatleerickler [dot] com (mailto:meatleerickler [dot] com)]
> Envoy : lundi 29 janvier 2001 23:43
> : uk-netmarketing from chinwag
> Objet : [uk-netmarketing] RE: Blind Readers
>
>
> This also brings us to a next step in this thread.
> if we assume, like browsers, there are different apps for reading
> html, do we then have to build for different versions of these
> readers as well?
> Can we be held responsible, legally, if one blind reader can access
> our site fine but another has problems?
>
> Lee
>

[Sam says: msg chopped]


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