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Athens 2004 Web Site Not Disabled Friendly?

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Usability companies are criticizing the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games Web site claiming it’s not accessible to disabled users.

Reports say that Athens 2004 organizers said they had been contacted by four or five British usability companies raising concerns about the site.

One usability specialist said Athens is leaving itself wide open to legal action by repeating the same mistakes made by the Australian Olympic Commission, which was successfully sued in 2000 by a blind Web site user who was unable to use the site.

Rob Stevens, director of business Behaviour at Bunnyfoot said, “there are glaring basic errors, such as missing alternative text, lack of magnification devices, and audio issues”.

Focus groups have been held with the largest body representing the blind in Greece where blind users have tested the site. Athens 2004 said it has received more than 2,800 e-mails since November and not one issue was raised concerning accessibility.

Another focus group for blind users is being held next week as a result of the allegations. Write or read comments about this article

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