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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon.com announced today that they have agreed to work together to promote and improve technology that enables blind people to access and use the World Wide Web. In a cooperation agreement, Amazon.com pledged its commitment to continue improving the accessibility of its Web site platform, while the NFB committed to contribute its expertise in Web accessibility technologies to help further Amazon.comís efforts.
The agreement is available here [nfb.org] (PDF format, untagged so inaccessible). If I understand the agreement correctly, the aim is that amazon.com will be made accessible via screenreader with the help of the NFB experts, and they will work to improve the accessibility of Amazon's partner sites and associated third-party merchants.
untagged so inaccessible
...and we're off to a great start.
Accessibility and Usability have been consigned to a weedlot. They interfere so much with all the Web 2.0 hype that I just want to scream when people dis them wholesale.
Just for the record: It is very possible to write valid, usable, accessible attractive, dynamic and useful sites that use the latest technologies, yet degrade well for older tech.
I do it all the time. It's almost become habit.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
-Some guy that used to wear a sheet.