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Accessibility in the News: May 2005

Thursday, June 02, 2005

A few months ago it was a surprise to see a news article announcing that an accessible website has been launched by a business. This month, it seems to be the hot topic. Business are starting to realise the benefits and the great publicity that goes along with the announcement of an accessible website. Its evident that people who benefit from accessible websites tend to be returning customers, and the spending power of such an audience is not a trivial amount.

Fortune Cookie seem to be leading the way in the media environment, notching up two more announcements of accessible websites. The UK public services websites are queueing up, with Stockport and Lancaster councils announcing accessible websites. On the humourous side, two lawyer firms based in Scotland are arguing over who was the first to have an RNIB 'See It Right' accredited website - if lawyers are fighting over this, there's gotta be a serious business advantage in it.

Another story rapidly gaining prominence is the lucrative market based on accessible travelling - accessible hotels, accessible tourists venues. Another multi-billion dollar market as a reward for complying with ADA guidelines.

Note: The web design event of the year kicks off next week on the 9th and 10th June 2005 up in Kings College, Waterloo, London, UK - the @Media 2005 conference. I'm going to be there to see talks by Joe Clark, Ian Lloyd, Molly Holzschlag, and a plethora of other easily-recognised web designers, as well as meeting up with some of the best web talent the UK has to offer. See you there.


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