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Howard Lake | 25 November 1999 | News

Charity Web sites should be legible by as many people as possible. Too many Web sites, however, are not designed in a way that allows blind people or people with visual impairments to use them. Online publishers might not have much longer left before they are forced to put their house in order.

Nine blind people in the USA are suing America Online to make the company redesign its Web pages so that they can read them. US legislation requires businesses to make reasonable efforts to make sure that their services are accessible to disabled people. AOL has promised that it will make its site compatible with text-reading software, but not until next year.

In an unrelated move, Abbey National is redesigning its Web site so that it can be viewed by partially sighted people.

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