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Blind Web surfers sue Target

By DanLM ·
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I thought this was relevant to a lot of things I've seen going on with TR for a couple reasons.

1). The redesign of the web page(no, I'm not bashing TR).

2). I've been part of a couple discussions about how web pages are hard as heck for me to see some days(color makeup, font sizes, layout, ...).

3). Even though I have bad eye sight, I can honestly say that the web pages that I have created even if they are for hobbies, would most likely be difficult for blind people to use. I just don't know what is required for the software that they use to be accessible, other then alt tabs anyway. And I do know that there are some seriously visually impaired people that do access some of my web pages.

So, of all the web designers that are here on TR. How many of you take into account with your design and build of web pages software that handicapped people must use to access your pages?

I personally think this is a valid law suit, but I may be prejudiced in my opinion because of my difficulties. Do you feel it is a legitimate law suit? Do you feel this will raise the level of awareness in web design?

Dan

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I know what you mean

by Kiltie In reply to Blind Web surfers sue Tar ...

but I think that a legal battle isn't the way to go, unless the intent is to draw attention to the disabled.

I, personally, am disabled in 3 ways, two are neurological, the most minor of them is my eyesight.

It varies, some days I am ok, some days I have to poke my nose 6" away from the screen to read it.

sigh

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Make sites "graceful"

by danmcl In reply to I know what you mean

In all my new site designs I specifically try to make sure that it is accessible to everyone.

I make sure that my CSS validates correctly and that the layout makes sense if someone hits it using a screen-reader or a text-based browser/PDA/Blackberry. One of my sites is a photographic gallery for my wife (http://www.siriusphotography.co.uk) that uses some javascript to display the full size images, but even it still works if javascript is disabled.

It doesnt take that much work and it (usually) makes it work properly in all browsers. Spare a thought for the people that aren't using a "normal" browser through either no option or choice.

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I can't say I'm disabled, just blind as a bat

by DanLM In reply to Blind Web surfers sue Tar ...

If that makes any sense. I think why I feel the lawsuit is well, warranted to a certain degree is because I think the web development community as a whole needs a wake up call. There have been numerous articles and studies that have stated the same thing for many years, and nothing really has been done about it with regard to standardization. Yes, you have css standardization and standardization with regard to having as many browsers work as possible. But, for the disabled? I really know of none. I have seen websites that allow you to chose your font size, and think that is good. I've read articles where they say the search engines need the alt tags, but not emphasizing that handicapped software utilizes it also.
I see more articles on how to spoof Google spider for ranking in their search listing then I see for ease of readability, navigation, and accessibility to all.
And no, I do not think that Target is the source of this evil. Just that Target's web designers have the same lack of knowledge that I do with regard to how a page should be designed to be accessable by everyone. This issue needs to be raised in a very visible fashion somehow, and if it requires designers to be forced to accept this fact or face law suits. Then maybe, that's what it's going to take.

Dan

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