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[Australia] Government warned on Web site discrimination

Filed under: Accessibility,Web Standards — spiderwebwoman at 8:21 pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Computerworld: The man who sued SOCOG over Web site accessibility has warned that rising complaints against government Web sites’ use of PDF documents are being made under commonwealth law.

Bruce Maguire, the disabled rights advocate who sued the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games for providing a site inaccessible to blind people, said the government’s trend towards online PDF documents was attracting “a growing number of DDA [Disability Discrimination Act] complaints”.

Maguire liases with government in his role as policy and project officer, disability rights unit, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. He has worked on Web accessibility with the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink, and the now defunct National Office for the Information Economy.

Adobe’s portable document format (PDF), used by many government sites, remains relatively inaccessible to the blind or visually impaired, Maguire told attendees at the Web Essentials 04 conference in Sydney last week.

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