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Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime
Website Accessibility in the U.S.A.
The International Center for Disability
Resources on the Internet (ICDRI), has published a great article on
this topic titled, Is Your Site ADA-Compliant ... or a
Lawsuit-in-Waiting? This site sums-up the issue quite
“That beautiful new law firm site that your
high-priced designer just created may be impossible for a person
using screen reading technology to navigate; particularly if they
are blind/low vision or have a specific learning disability.
Those “frames” or neat drop-down Java menus on
your site may be impossible to use via voice command software.
Your fancy “streaming audio” online CLE courses
or video conferencing events may be impossible for a deaf person to
Source: The Internet Center for
Disabilities Resources on the Internet
Around the country, businesses are publishing
standards for accessibility of their Internet websites. Even cities
are passing standards for development, and the City of San Jose in
the heart of Silicon Valley published the City of San Jose Web
Page Disability Access Design Standard in 1996. From this
standard, there are seven minimum requirements that are meant to
ensure accessibility for the disabled:
Provide an Access Instruction Page for Visitors
which includes email hyperlink for visitors to communicate problems
with web page accessibility.
Provide support for text browsers.
Attach “Alt” tags to graphic images so that
screen readers can identify the graphic.
Hyperlink photographs with descriptive text
Caption all audio and video clips by using “CC”
Provide alternative mechanisms for on-line forms such as email or
voice/TTY phone numbers.
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