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RE: [css-d] An Outsider's View

Sent by RUST Randal on 30 January 2002 13:01


Jeremy says: "I think you should make sure your facts are straight before
you (essentially) try to blackmail them into doing 
something."

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My interpretation of Section 508 and the ADA is very strict.  Why?  Because
I want to avoid gray areas.  If you have an e-commerce site, and that is the
ONLY way for people to purchase your products, or to get information on
them, then you are violating the ADA, and are open to lawsuit by disabled
people.  My facts are very straight on this.

There has even been discussion on the W3C Accessibility list regarding
browsers such as NN 4.7. Some people feel very strongly that W3C should
maybe even go as far as to say what browsers are most compliant.  I could go
on about this, but I won't.

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Jeremy also says: "I don't think it really applies to, say, a corporate
website being viewed by the world."

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My response to this is that the rest of the world is quickly implementing
accessiblity standards.  Much faster, in fact that the U.S. seems to be.
Laws already exist in Australia, and, I believe, in Scotland and Germany.  I
don't have all the facts in front of me on this, and am going on memory of
what has been discussed on the W3C Accessibility list.

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Aardvark says: "having built sites for blind people, physically handicapped,
and others with disabilities, i can attest that tables for layout in and of
themselves are not a barrier to accessibility..."

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That is correct.  I meant to say that tables CAN PROHIBIT access, if they do
not linearize properly.  I also build web sites for disabled people, and I
avoid tables at all costs, simply because it creates more access, and is a
differentiator between our company and our competition.

Randal
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