I read today that a Federal judge is permitting a class action lawsuit against Target to go forward. According to the ruling, the plaintiffs — including the National Federation of the Blind — say that Target.com violates federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination against the disabled.
For some time now organizations like W3C have had standards for website accessibility and many designers include these standards in their designs. They include things like
- creating “alt” tag descriptions for images that can be read by screen readers,
- using CSS for page layout
- captioning and transcripts for audio.
Check out the top 10 list.The implications of course are that websites that are not in compliance could be at the receiving end of a lawsuit. I suppose the larger companies with deeper pockets are most in danger but regardless, being accessible is simply the right thing to do. I have tried to use CSS on my site and to always have alt tags. If anyone notices that I am missing anything else, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it.