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’.
Director – multimedia design
Oxford OX4 1UE