Southwest Airlines steps toward accessibilityTuesday, May 20, 2003
As noted by Joe Clark in the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Interest Group, Southwest Airlines have purchased tools to make their website accessible. This is the same Southwest Airlines that successfully defended an ADA website accessibility suit through a flawed ruling by the presiding judge. (PDF of the 12 page ruling).
Kynn Barlett sums out this suprising event in context:
The goal of lawsuits should not necessarily be to win specific victories, but instead to raise the issues and, by raising issues, increase the accessibility of the Web.
I'd say that in those terms, this is a good thing. And hopefully it will get noticed by other companies as well.
I covered the issues arising from the original court case results in a previous blog entry.
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