I say this with confidence because there’s money in conforming to the web standards and web accessibility in particular.
My line of reasoning in my first article was that web standards compliance will come to pass by one of two motivating factors: firstly, the desire by web designers and developers and their clients to take advantage of the benefits beholden to web standards, or secondly as a means of avoiding legal action.
Either way, change will happen, or the rod of law will be drawn and applied with a judicious down-stroke across the back of those who fail to comply.
But coming back to the title of this missive; should e-commerce websites support Web Accessibility by law? I’d say yes:
In many ways, the frontier attitude to the web has moved on. The battle lines are more fine grained and hidden in the details of the technologies that are built atop the stuff of the web, such as HTML.
Right now, a certain maturation is taking place and organized and sometimes hidden but always committed hands are shaping the web into something that is a place of conformity which allows commerce to be fostered and grown more easily.
I firmly think that for any web applications that offer a business-to-business or business-to-consumer venue, the web standards must be adhered to and web accessibility must be a priority.
There are clear benefits to using the web standards properly, such as being more friendly to the search engines and by making your websites and web applications more easily navigable to your able-bodied visitors as well as those with some physical or visual disability…