Website Owner Gets Sued for Inaccessability

A federal district court judge ruled yesterday that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind. The ruling was issued in a case brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp.

If you haven’t seen this yet, be afraid. Be very afraid. I’ve been warning people of this for years (and yet, I’m sure this theme is now currently inaccessable, too).

[tags]suit, target, lawsuit, accessability, ADA, web 2.0, html[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in San Diego, CA who popularized the #hashtag and creates scaleable web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

2 Comments on "Website Owner Gets Sued for Inaccessability"

  1. Sergio says:

    This kind of lawsuit is not new. Southwest and American Airlines were sued for having inaccessable websites back in 2002. I think the main take-away from all this is that as the web becomes a greater part of all our lives–including disabled persons–and as we incorporate more Web2.0 functionality, the less accessible become our websites and the more incentive disabled users have to speak up and even sue.

    However, this is also an opportunity for companies to make their sites more accessible to disabled users and more usable to all their users. This can actually increase overall revenue by increasing customer retention through optimized user experience.

    You can read a longer article on this at: http://www.paradymesolutions.com/articles/accessibility-on-the-web-is-the-law-period/

  2. nate says:

    Sergio,

    Great point, and yea!! I totally forgot about those 2002 suits. Thanks for reminding us.

    That article you point to is also a great read.

    Thanks for commenting Sergio!

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