Thursday, October 04, 2007

Novel PR Problem 

This is a novel PR problem -- a class action suit against Target stores from blind users of web sites. It seems that one has to have sound to describe what is on a page for the blind. Who knew?

I don't think you have to have sound on a page. What you should do is make your web pages accessible so that e.g. blind or visually handicapped people can either use a screen reader or have the content of the webpage reproduced on a braille device.
If you use valid (x)html code and design the pages according to WAI (A, AA or AAA - WAI stands for Web Accessibility Initiative) you don't have to go an extra mile to make your website accessible.

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