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  1. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    19 Aug 2004 - The Attorney General of New York has deemed parts of
    Ramada.com and Priceline.com inaccessible to assistive technology.

    "The Attorney General opined that the Americans With Disabilities Act
    requires that private web sites be accessible to blind and visually
    impaired Internet users."

    Settlements reached will attempt to make both sites more accessible.

    "Under the terms of the agreements, the companies will implement a range
    of accessibility standards authored by the Web Accessibility Initiative
    ("WAI") of the World Wide Web Consortium ("W3C"), an organization that
    recommends Internet standards."

    "The companies must also implement a wide variety of other initiatives,
    based on guidelines authored by the W3C."

    "In addition to the steps outline above, Ramada.com and Priceline.com
    will pay the State of New York $40,000 and $37,500, respectively, as
    costs of the investigation. The Attorney General emphasized that once
    the companies were notified of the accessibility issues by his office,
    they worked cooperatively and creatively with his Internet Bureau to
    correct the issues."

    Attorney General's Press Release
    http://www.oag.state.ny.us/press/2004/aug/aug19a_04.html

    Sandy Clark's comments
    http://www.shayna.com/blog/index.cfm?mode=...72CBF-CABE-65E3
    -306A96044957F88C

    John Dowdell's comments
    http://www.markme.com/jd/archives/005883.cfm
     
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    I'm all about the ADA, but that is bullshit. Visually impaired, I can understand, but blind? Should blind users REALLY be making hotel and flight plans via the internet?
     
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    should folks in a wheel chair not be able to go up stairs?

    it's the same shit.

    google up "section 508"

    its a US law.
     
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    I know, I don't even know why they would.. But I guess they have to be equal to all

    But IMO

    I'm with havok
     
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    Not if they got a ramp and an elevator to access, which they do.
     
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    exxxxxxxxxxxactly.

    and that is what section 508 is all about- giving blind/hearing whatever folks the ABILITY to still go to the SAME places a non-handicapped person can get to.
     
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