|| BBC News: Website owners face prosecution
||Sep. 18th, 2003 04:02 pm|
Ensuring web sites are easy for disabled people to use is no longer an option - it is a legal obligation.|
The Royal National Institute of the Blind in Peterborough is warning that anyone running a site faces prosecution if they fail to comply with the law.
Useless BBC quote:
All web pages should provide text for every image on screen
I recently used a screen reader for the first time and discovered how wrong this is. Having Stephen Hawking read out "[name of client] logo. Picture of a building. Picture of a car. Picture of a tree. Picture of a house." etc on his way to the navigation is deeply frustrating. I now try to use alt= only when I'm going to put something deeply meaningful in the attribute.
I continued to produce accessible sites and justified my reasons for doing so, and will continue to do so, I am not the worlds best web-designer but I can make something clean and workable.
Lets hope that sites will actually take heed of this, and the marketing/designery people will take note of what their Flashy bloaty stuff looks/sounds like to someone using accessibility software.
I suspect it will take a couple of high profile cases before the mainstream take it into account and start to either provide text-only alternatives or versions of the site which actually make sense on a site reader.
This has been too long in coming... Lets hope it actually has some effect cos even as a non visually impaired user I'm sick of evil websites.