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Nicholas C. Romano, Jr.

Website Accessibility Research:

Disabled Users Still Locked Out

© Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved

Slide #53

Faculty Research Excellence Series

Sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Library

Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:00 pm North Hall Room 150

Maguire vs. Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG)

Australia June 1999 Bruce Maguire lodged a complaint with the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) under a law called the Disability Discrimination Act.

Complaint alleged that the Web site of the SOCOG was inaccessible to him as a blind person.

Remedy: SOCOG was ordered to engage the following by 15 September 2000:

including alt text on all images and image map links on its Web site

providing access to the Index of Sports from the Schedule page

providing access to the Results Tables to be used on the Web site during the Sydney Olympic Games

SOCOG refused to comply with the order and was later ordered to pay Bruce Maguire $20,000 for its refusal to comply.

The Maguire case set a firm worldwide precedent that inaccessible Web sites can be and are illegal.

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