The other day I was asked the question “To what level does any website legally need to be made accessible?”
“The influence of web accessibility on business and industry is more significant when the demands of a client, or potential client, like the US federal government, must be met.” (WebAim.org)
The law that exists today says that if you are the federal government or supply electronic and information technology goods and services to the federal government, then yes, you must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 508 Standards). This law requires “Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities.” (section508.gov)
It’s hard enough to visualize how our lives will be altered by technology in the next 12 months, let alone more than 40 years into the future. Somehow it seems appropriate that social media brought us in touch with the following footage of British science fiction icon and futurist Arthur C. Clarke from a 1964 BBC Horizon program. His statements about how we would communicate in the 21st century are eerily prescient, though some would argue that even though just about everything can be done remotely these days, the face-to-face meeting is as important as ever.