“What Online Businesses Need to Know About the ADA”

by Walter Olson on May 9, 2011

Dangerous, far-reaching web-accessibility proposals haven’t gone away. [Kelly L. Frey Sr. and Shameak Belvitt, Law.com]

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1 CholeraJoe 05.09.11 at 12:54 pm

Since the vast majority of the internet is used for porn, what impact with this have? Closed captioning and Braille?

2 robert 05.09.11 at 5:36 pm

@Joe: Years ago, when I worked in a Library, we did get Playboy in Braille. (Here’s a photo of an issue http://hayloftdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/DSC_0189-e1281489688563-955×1024.jpg)

3 Bill Poser 05.09.11 at 6:16 pm

Robert’s URL inadvertently included the final parenthesis, which breaks it. This one should work: http://hayloftdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/DSC_0189-e1281489688563-955×1024.jpg

4 Smart Dude 05.09.11 at 7:47 pm

I am one of the strongest advocates for the disabled you will ever find. The Internet opens many, many a door for the physically challenged: from Peapod to Facebook to Amazon to on-line banking/investing etc..

But misuse of the ADA by the corrupt Trial Lawyer Industry could actually cause more harm to the disabled than any putative benefit.

5 Melvin H. 05.09.11 at 9:32 pm

The other part that would worry me is this: How many computers would start to bog down while either downloading or surfing the Web, with this ADA-“mandated” software (which is useless to me, not being disabled under any current definition) added to almost every website–either voluntarily or by corrupt Trial Lawyer/Judicial fiat? Too many programs have so much stuff on them nowadays that makes it hard to figure what you can erase without doing something drastic to the program; there would be no way to block the ADA codes , like you can with certain sites, words/phrases in e-mail, etc.

6 Melvin H. 05.09.11 at 9:35 pm

The other part that would worry me is this: How many computers would start to bog down while either downloading or surfing the Web, with this ADA-“mandated” software (which is useless to me, not being disabled under any current definition) added to almost every website–either voluntarily or by “corrupt Trial Lawyer” fiat? Too many programs have so much stuff on them nowadays that makes it hard to figure what you can erase without doing something drastic to the program; there would be no way to block the ADA codes , like you can with certain sites, words/phrases in e-mail, etc.

Also, when one reads the linked article, keep in mind those phrases that indicate “voluntary”, “guidelines”, “court decisions”, etc.–sound familiar from the early days of the ADA?

7 wfjag 05.10.11 at 7:54 am

“robert
@Joe: Years ago, when I worked in a Library, we did get Playboy in Braille. ”

Thanks. I always wanted proof that there are people who actually want to “read” the articles in Playboy.

8 Melvin H. 05.11.11 at 1:46 am

Sorry all, I posted the second one while trying to correct the first one….If the webmaster would be so kind to delete the first post (#5), please.

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