[Air-l] ADA and the web ruling

jeremy hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Wed Oct 23 12:23:56 PDT 2002

Judge: Disabilities Act doesn't cover Web
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
October 21, 2002, 3:04 PM PT

update A federal judge ruled Friday that Southwest Airlines does not 
have to revamp its Web site to make it more accessible to the blind.

In the first case of its kind, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said 
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies only to physical 
spaces, such as restaurants and movie theaters, and not to the Internet.

"To expand the ADA to cover 'virtual' spaces would be to create new 
rights without well-defined standards," Seitz wrote in a 12-page 
opinion dismissing the case. "The plain and unambiguous language of the 
statute and relevant regulations does not include Internet Web sites."


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