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Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 21, 2013 | Joe Palazzolo

Posted on 03/21/2013 5:05:14 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist

Commerce has moved online. Now, the disability lawsuits are following. Advocates for disabled Americans have declared that companies have a legal obligation to make their websites as accessible as their stores, and they've filed suits across the country to force them to install the digital version of wheelchair ramps and self-opening doors.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blind; deaf; web
Another infusion of cash for the trial attorneys.
1 posted on 03/21/2013 5:05:14 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: BlueStateRightist

Steaming pile of HS. I feel for the disabled, but sometimes it’s just too bad.


2 posted on 03/21/2013 5:08:37 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Punish the innocent. It’s the Librul way.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 5:10:03 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Jim Robinson

Good grief!

We are definitely going quite mad as a nation........


4 posted on 03/21/2013 5:10:54 PM PDT by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Maybe Gates can come up with System 9 using Braille. Those that can’t hear and can see what difference does it make?


5 posted on 03/21/2013 5:10:58 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Can someone explain how being deaf can prevent them from shopping online?


6 posted on 03/21/2013 5:12:28 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: BlueStateRightist

They’ve become just another victim group.

A few years a bunch of them tried to get the treasury to print money with Braille. Refused.

All they have to do is CALL the 800 number! Don’t use the fracking website!


7 posted on 03/21/2013 5:12:29 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Ridiculous. I’d imagine all that the disabled would ever need already exists in the form of talking browsers with speech synthesizers. They are only limited by the equipment and software/browsers they purchase and use at home. Indeed, everything about the internet is already ideally existing for the disabled compared to brick-n-mortar stores.


8 posted on 03/21/2013 5:14:07 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: mnehring

What did you say?


9 posted on 03/21/2013 5:14:51 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: BlueStateRightist
The trial attorneys made a fortune abusing ADA as they attacked many small businesses in court over restrooms, doors and counters. Websites will be the next target of attack. The government already has regulations in place that require accessibility features to be built into websites created under government contract.

If you find yourself in this box, check out Design Accessible Web Sites. It is an interesting read. The adjustments you make will be as good for normally sighted users as handicapped. It's a chore to do it right. So many web designers/implementers are barely capable of delivering functioning code. Going the extra mile for the handicapped will put them out of business.

10 posted on 03/21/2013 5:15:27 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: BlueStateRightist

I’m disabled. Lots of things I can’t do or places I can’t go anymore. Life is hard sometimes. Used to be a person made due.

Rather be dead than sue over it.


11 posted on 03/21/2013 5:16:20 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: basil

agreed.

9/11 did quite a number on us (at least that’s when the commies started really coming out of the closet.- never let a crisis go to waste.)


12 posted on 03/21/2013 5:16:32 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: BlueStateRightist
Additional support using new HTML5 features can be found here
13 posted on 03/21/2013 5:19:05 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: BlueStateRightist
The usual suspects...the filthy ambulance chasing lawyers who give hundreds of billions to the Rat Party.Traveling into the Bronx on I-95 recently I saw a huge billboard for a personal injury lawyer whose toll free number is...I AM HURT.It makes me truly ill.
14 posted on 03/21/2013 5:19:49 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: BlueStateRightist

The deaf and blind should also be given driver’s licenses so it will be fair.

Honestly, I was not meant to live in this era. I should have been born in the 1800s.


15 posted on 03/21/2013 5:20:16 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: BlueStateRightist

Their comes a time when anyone in business can’t afford to cater to everyone and that’s when that person ceases to be in business.

NOTE: This does not apply to trial lawyers.


16 posted on 03/21/2013 5:25:20 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Myrddin
The trial attorneys made a fortune abusing ADA as they attacked many small businesses in court over restrooms, doors and counters

The ADA was probably written by trial lawyers.

We can thank the rabid Statist Bush41 for the ADA. He wanted a "kinder, gentler nation"

The Bush family's view of compassionate Conservatism is carried out by government force.

The elites are our betters (just ask any GOP-e puke)

17 posted on 03/21/2013 5:39:54 PM PDT by sand88
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To: C210N
Has to do with the structure for tables in HTML and other web standards. It's still possible to lay out tables in a way that's simply not comprehensible to a blind guy listening to a text translator. Some Freepers have earlier indicated there's software to FIX that problem, and if you think you'll have blind people shopping your stuff on the net, make sure you meet your market's requirements.

However, the big problem on almost all websites is COLOR, and that covers only government websites. Presumably the color blind, or deficient (all the dudes using viagra are losing blue btw) will know how to ADJUST things so that they can see all the characters one way or the other.

18 posted on 03/21/2013 5:47:04 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Jim Robinson
LOL!
You would know better than many, Jim!

My boss is physically disabled.
It is sometimes an issue to be considered, out of simple human courtesy, if walking long distances is involved.

I have no doubt that if his “disability” was visual or hearing related, he still would run circles around most people.

Oh wait, he already does pay me to do any tasks he doesn't want to do himself.

I find myself financially challenged.

Can I get the feds to force Internet retailers to sell me their products at the price I feel I can afford to pay? The "deaf scammers" still occasionally try to get me to ship them hundreds of dollars of products, using the "mandated by law" phone operaters, paid to assist the hearing impaired. Having worked in a publically traded company, I knew I had to waste my time directing them to email, lest they sue the company for "non-compliance" .

19 posted on 03/21/2013 6:00:34 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

When is stupidity going to classified as a disability?

Mathematicians need to make Calculus and Differential Equations easy for the lame brains.


20 posted on 03/21/2013 6:11:55 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Recently I took a yr-long web design class.

I couldn’t believe all the BS that has to be done for handicapped people.


21 posted on 03/21/2013 6:24:39 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Got a letter from Gov. Palin in reply to my Dad sending her my picture from a TEA party rally.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

And how are blues clubs accommodating the deaf? Or how are art museums accommodating the blind?


22 posted on 03/21/2013 6:25:47 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: BlueStateRightist
It's called 508 compliance
23 posted on 03/21/2013 6:28:25 PM PDT by Bloodclot
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To: BlueStateRightist

We REALLY need to invoke “Loser Pays” for frivolous lawsuits.

Along with just about everything else in America, the judicial system is out of control and becoming a caricature of itself!!


24 posted on 03/21/2013 6:42:20 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Miss Daddy Bush yet? Thank him for the ADA!


25 posted on 03/21/2013 6:44:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I’m waiting for them to put in an elevator on Mt. Everest.


26 posted on 03/21/2013 7:19:11 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“And how are blues clubs accommodating the deaf? “

Marshall Plexis Baby. They go to 11! At least Nigel’s did... ;)


27 posted on 03/21/2013 7:29:01 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: mnehring
Can someone explain how being deaf can prevent them from shopping online?

iTunes has to become deaf accessible.

28 posted on 03/21/2013 7:34:16 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: BlueStateRightist
2010 ADA STANDARDS FOR ACCESSIBLE DESIGN

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

WC3 Web Accessability Standards

Web accessibility standards for Mass.

29 posted on 03/21/2013 7:46:11 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: bgill
I’m waiting for them to put in an elevator on Mt. Everest.

LOLOL!!

30 posted on 03/22/2013 7:37:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (For Jay Carney - I heard your birth certificate is an apology from the condom factory.)
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