Website Designers Continue To Violate UK Access Law
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 14, 2004
LONDON, ENGLAND--Even though the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act required information providers to make their services accessible, the information on a majority of websites in the United Kingdom is still not available to most Internet users with certain disabilities.
The Disability Rights Commission used automated accessibility software to investigate 1,000 UK-based websites, and human testers to review in detail 100 websites for accessibility.
The investigation found that 81 percent fail to meet the most basic needs of users with disabilities.
In its 48-page report, the DRC said that the most common problems the human testers found were cluttered pages, confusing navigation, failure to describe images and poor contrast between background and text colors.
The group that was most negatively affected were people with visual difficulties.
"Businesses have a social responsibility as well as a legal duty to ensure that disabled people can use their websites," said Julie Howell, spokesperson for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
DRC officials said they would not hesitate to take legal action against firms which continue to violate the law.
"Websites 'failing' disabled users" by Online disability affairs reporter Geoff Adams-Spink (BBC News)
"Formal Investigation report: web accessibility" (Disability Rights Commission)