Monday, October 23, 2006

Updated: Is your website accessible?

woman with hand to ear
Here's a case you may not be familiar with. Target is being sued in federal court for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and two California laws because their website is not accessible to the blind.

On September 6, the judge
ruled that the class action suit could go forward and that the laws do apply to the website.

Target failed to set up its website so screen-reading software could vocalize text. The site also contains inaccessible images and graphical features that are not accessible.

I'm not an expert in website accessibility, but it does not sound like it is terribly difficult to implement this technology.

Is your website accessible? Are you unintentionally turning away qualified applicants with a disability?

UPDATE: Information about how to make your blog accessible to the blind can be found
here . Tips for how to make websites more accessible can be found here . The most thorough resource on making websites accessible to people with disabilities can be found here .

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