NFB v. Target: Web Accessibility and business
August 27, 2008 7:29 PM Subscribe
posted by Ky (108 comments total)
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An important class action lawsuit was settled today when Target agreed to pay $6 million in damages
to the plaintiffs (National Federation of the Blind
, et al.) because these disabled users could not shop on the Target.com site. Here
is a collection of legal
set authored by the W3C is barely used online (and 2.0 is controversial); Section 508
applies only to government-funded agencies and their websites; this class action lawsuit put to test the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
, particularly Title III.
Some of the comments posted to various newspapers about the story were particularly enlightening: disabled people are lawsuit-happy whiny bastards; small business owners will be put out of business because making accessible sites is omg so expensive and hard; WWW usage is a privilege, not a right; and, naturally, arguments against the previously stated.
The ADA doesn't specify how online stores should be made accessible, though, so business will have to rely on WCAG and maybe even tips from Section 508.