Well it’s been a while! If you have been checking back to the home page from time to time you may have noticed my new weight lost image that I am using as a motivator for myself. So you might see that as of this writing I have lost 22 pounds. 22 pounds! That’s a lot of weight, and you know I am feeling better, more confident and more energetic then I have in years.
In addition to that I have changed hair styles for the first time in about 10 years. I think I started my previous one sometime in high school, and my wife had commented before that I should try something new, and then my mom made comments that I have had the same hair style for almost a decade, and that spooked me a bit. I have to admit it. Life change… it seems like things are changing so quickly it’s almost sickening.
Enough about me. How about that class action lawsuit against Target? What a blow to the folks who always down play the role that accessibility has in the Web world. If Target loses the suit, and I think they will there are going to be huge repercussions resulting from that single event. If you are unfamiliar with the lawsuit against Target, where have you been?! If you need some information on it check out Anna Vester’s explanation of why Target is being sued, it’s very well done. Back to the repercussions of Target losing the lawsuit. Here are five quick ones that I could think of:
- End of all Flash Designs – Flash has nearly zero accessibility involved with it, shutting out completely the disabled audience. These will have to disappear in order to prevent being sued as well
- A Tidal Wave of Copy Cats – Once the Target lawsuit has played out, everyone is going to jump on board. Lawsuits are going to be like IPhone flying of store shelves. Everyone is going to look for free and easy money.
- A Wave of Refresh – Most sites, probably as many as 85% of all Web sites will need some sort of rework to make the site more accessible.
- Many Web Firms Collapse – Web firms that have not progressed and not taken heed of the new standards based development are going to sink, and sink quickly. Clients will turn to those who can create standards based designs, that are more accessible.
- Federal or State policies/laws protecting the rights of disabled on the internet – This is a given. If Target is prosecuted then everyone else will have to comply. Law or not, it’s going to happen.
Needless to say the Target lawsuit is and was the buzz of the Web community. It’s going to be a huge change in the way that Web firms do business, or in fact don’t do business.
Times are changing, and it’s a lot of fun right now!