being sued over lack of image alt tags

Posted by joy

Via Search Engine Journal is being sued by the National Federation of the Blind and a college student for some alleged usability issues with the Web site.

Among the problems:

• Lack of alt text [for images]

• Image maps that neither have alt text or a functional equivalent on the page

• requirement for a mouse to perform various functions on the site
The last part is interesting as old design of the Web site only used non-alt-attributed image submit buttons (as many of us who design do) but they also required the submission of x,y coordinates to execute the form submission. The issue is that a keyboard only user could not submit a form (like, say from hitting the Enter key).

Apparently the form button issue has been fixed, but the lawsuit is still being pursued.

More write up on the case

[tags]Web design, SEO, usability [/tags]

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