Easy Target

A US retail chain has found itself up in court in California over its inaccessible web site. The National Federation of the Blind have claimed discimination by the retail giant and are looking at raising a class action on behalf of all blind Californians who want to use the site. It looks like this one could be a biggie, as far as ‘quotable’ accessibility cases go. I particularly like the way that NBC news explain the technical side of things, asserting that Target.com "fails to include features such as an invisible code embedded beneath images that would enable blind customers to use the screen-reading software." Once again, the most basic accessibility requirement - and one that is just so darn easy to fix - has been overlooked. Much to Target’s inconvenience. I’ll be watching this one with interest.

Filed under: Accessibility
Posted by Ian on Thursday, February 9, 2006

1 Comment

  1. So says Laurence

    Looks like we won’t need to keep referring to the infamous Maguire V SOCOG case.

    Olympics.com was found to be inaccessible through omitting alt attributes for images. Here’s a comprehensive article on the Oylmpics.com case)

    Added February 9, 2006 at 2:41 pm

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