Thursday, January 27, 2005

Confusion reigns over website Accessibility Compliance

"The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) proves hostile to findings that show it to have failed basic accessibility compliance requirements, and its response adds confusion to an already confused market."

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requires businesses and organisations to make websites accessible to all users, particularly the disabled. Yet the DRC and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) along with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID), the supposed standard bearers for website accessibility, continue to fail even the most basic A/AA requirements. The findings and the reports produced by SiteMorse showed, for example, demonstrates that the DRC’s website failed both A / AA continually over the last few months – even following a rather sharp letter from their chairman back in May, explaining our tests had ‘caught them on a bad day, the error was not on their own site but that of a sponsor…’ article at the end of the document, SiteMorse then re-checked the report to find a problems, one as basic as the image description on the letter from the Chief Executive

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