Tapping in to why the act will provide more red tape

I have mixed feelings about the new legislation enforcing accessibility in websites (DW 7 August). Of course, I welcome the fact that it will provide more work for Web professionals, and I applaud the notion that the Internet should be available to all.

I have mixed feelings about the new legislation enforcing accessibility in websites (DW 7 August).

Of course, I welcome the fact that it will provide more work for Web professionals, and I applaud the notion that the Internet should be available to all. But surely ‘guidelines’ should be just that – a voluntary code of practice that companies can adhere to.

Companies ignoring accessibility guidelines will cut themselves off from a large potential market, which should be ample punishment for such short-sightedness. And how and by whom are these guidelines going to be policed?

The whole thing is just another thing that businesses will have to do just to remain ‘legal’.

Jasper Smith

Director – multimedia design

Sparks

Oxford OX4 1UE

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