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Re: No decision from the Appeals court

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From: michael.brockington
Date: Sep 30, 2004 10:46AM


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From: khall51 [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: 30 September 2004 15:55
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] No decision from the Appeals court

> The UK web accessibility policy seems to tie itself to the W3C
Accessibility Guidelines
Yes, but only applies to Government Sites.

> ... I wonder if court cases and decisions could be challenged based on
differences between versions of the standard?

Of much more interest would be if someone is sued for a breach, and then the
breach disappears from the WCAG before the case comes to court. Not very
likely I suppose, but certainly possible.
I would have to partially refute your point regarding changes to the standard
- where actions such as this are concerned, the offense is not deemed to have
occurred until after the defendant has been informed of the alleged breach,
although it is possible that the only further defense would be to turn off
the offending site immediately, with the massive change to accessibility that
that would mean!

I would also like to see someone argue in court over the various 'Until User
Agents...' statements that pepper the WCAG (NB Any remember what the 'G'
stands for?)

My point about US Law was in no way intended to mean that I consider US
politicians to be any less competent than their UK /EU (or Canadian,
Australian... ) couterparts. Rather I wished to point out that even laws such
as Copyright (fairly consistent, and reasonable until a few years ago), vary
sufficiently across borders to lead to some very interesting import/export
businesses. Given that the Internet is barely even aware of those borders,
Laws aimed at Non-National bodies would never be better than a joke - at
least until such time as a Global Government appears.

Mike


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