It doesn't cover where the line is drawn, because that seems to be moving everyday. Prior to this, there was a verdict handed down that the disabilities act does not cover websites.
Now they are changing all that. Hence, line moved. I just want to know when it stops moving.
Now, again, I am IN FAVOR of the requested changes to the law. No big deal, just some alt tags and keyboard navigation. But there has to be limits. Next they'll start wanting the in-store readers like Demaestro is talking about, tomorrow everyone will have to learn braille and sign language. I'm not against giving the disabled a leg up on things but it has to stop somewhere.
I look at it this way. Suppose the website doesn't seem to have what the person is looking for in the first place. Then they could do one of two things:
A. Call customer support and ask
B. Shop somewhere else
Or they could even ask someone near them for some help. In some cases yes, we are "enabling" people to continue their daily routines. However, what many people are arguing here is that disabled people are incapable of finding another method, and I think that is untrue.
An alternative to (or maybe an addition to) the policy is to have a click-to-call button on the home page of a commercial website and have technology that connects the disabled person's computer to their telephone (speakerphone) so human assistance can be easily accessible.
Hey I'm trying to come up with something too. Give me credit at least for that. I just don't want to wake up in the future to everything being on a ramp and every box of cereal needing to be in braille. Give an inch, take a mile, whatever disabled or not. Technology has enabled these people's lives %10000000 percent more since half a century ago so don't tell me they still have it so rough and/or that I am discriminating against them. The only reason I am even agreeing with the current legislature (provided it is as transparent as alt tags and mouseless navigation) is that it is quite easy to implement (for me) so we shouldn't be crying about it. But now I'm discrminating against poor website owners who don't know a lick of HTML. Go figure.