Access Board says Section 508 still rules

A judge's ruling on commercial Web sites has no impact on government sites, which are still required to be accessible to the disabled, according to the federal Access Board.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz of the Southern District of Florida said the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act applied only to physical spaces such as ticket counters, not cyberspace. The ruling dismissed a suit filed by a blind plaintiff against Southwest Airlines in protest of the airline's inaccessible Web site.

'I don't think [the ruling] has any impact at all on Section 508,' said David Capozzi, director of technical and information services for the Access Board.

Section 508, an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, makes it clear that federal Web sites are protected, he said. 'That shouldn't be open to interpretation.'

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