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Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Andrew Kirkpatrick, Patrick H. Lauke, Jim Thatcher, Shawn Lawton Henry, Cynthia D. Waddell, Bruce Lawson, Michael R. Burks, Christian Heilmann, Mark Urban, Richard Rutter, Bob Regan

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16 U.S. WEB ACCESSIBILITY LAW IN DEPTH

by Cynthia D. Waddell

Through the American disability rights tradition, access to electronic and information technology has emerged as a civil right. As technology advanced, it was only a matter of time before a federal law would establish accessible design specifications for a broad class of electronic and information technology. Today, there are significant legal incentives for ensuring that Internet and intranet websites designed for U.S. entities meet accessible web requirements.

Ever since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, legal protections for persons with disabilities have emerged and expanded through a patchwork of civil rights laws prohibiting ...

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