[thelist] Judge: Disabilities Act doesn't cover Web

Chris Blessing webguy at mail.rit.edu
Mon Oct 21 14:29:00 CDT 2002

This is brilliant, now if the same judge could get put on the Google law
suit that would rock:


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Chris Blessing
webguy at mail.rit.edu

> I know this has been of interest of late:
> A federal judge ruled Friday that Southwest Airlines does not
> have to revamp
> its Web site to make it more accessible to the blind.
> In the first case of its kind, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said the
> Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies only to physical spaces such
> as restaurants and movie theaters and not to the Internet.
> "To expand the ADA to cover 'virtual' spaces would be to create new rights
> without well-defined standards," Seitz wrote in a 12-page opinion
> dismissing
> the case. "The plain and unambiguous language of the statute and relevant
> regulations does not include Internet Web sites."
> Full story:
> http://news.com.com/2100-1023-962761.html?tag=fd_top_1

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