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Thread #115029 Message #2460375
Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
08-Oct-08 - 02:01 PM
Thread Name: Fest sites no help to visually impaired?
Subject: RE: Fest sites no help to visually impaired?
Damn, hit the wrong button.
To continue, Companies which do not comply with accessibility requirements in the states, are, as I understand the situation, debarred from doing business with government departments, which seems very effective.
How this could be applied when it is Local Government Departments failing to respond, I don't really know.
The first, and most urgent thing is to let these people know that they are falling far short of the basic requirements of the DDA.
Jack is right about the PDF encapsulating bitmaps. It is useless to anyone who cannot see, and unnecessary for those who CAN.
As to any arguments about the adverse aesthetic effect of text on a web page, I believe it is possible for a screen reader to read text which is the same colour as the background, and therefore invisible to the HUMAN eye.
If so, then the only excuse for not captioning graphics is laziness, as the addition of text would have no impact on loading speed for web pages.