Cross-posted to the WaSP site, but this news was so shocking I had to check that it’s not April Fools Day yet:
Amazon.com, the leading online retailer, and the National Federation of the Blind have entered into a cooperation agreement. Amazon.com will make its Web site and e-commerce platform fully accessible to the blind in collaboration with the Access Technology staff of the NFB. Full release
Now, this is almost certainly because the NFB are suing Target.com (which is “powered by Amazon”), but is nevertheless welcome news. I hope, though, that the fact NFB are leading the way doesn’t mean that it’s a single-issue revamp. Let’s hope that for two things:
- the developers remember that not everyone with a disability is blind: accessibility is more than just assisting the visually impaired
- they use decent, semantic html for the site. Not every disability-lobbying site gets that.