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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in California certified a class action lawsuit against Target Corp brought by plaintiffs claiming the discount retailer's Web site is inaccessible to the blind, according to court documents.


    Judge Marilyn Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California also rejected Target's motion for summary judgment in the case, according to the ruling filed October 2.

    According to the ruling, plaintiffs -- including the National Federation of the Blind -- claim Target.com violates federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination against the disabled.

    "This is a tremendous step forward for blind people throughout the country who for too long have been denied equal access to the Internet economy," Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation for the Blind, said in a statement.

    "All e-commerce businesses should take note of this decision and immediately take steps to open their doors to the blind," Maurer said.

    "Target is committed to serving all of our guests and we believe that our Web site is fully accessible and complies with all applicable laws," Bloomberg quoted Target spokeswoman Carolyn Brookter as saying in an e-mailed statement.

    Target was not immediately available for comment to Reuters.

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    Blame the Keyboard...not the fucking website!
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    No problem. Just tell them you fixed it.

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    How the hell do you make a website available to the blind?

    You have got to be kidding me.
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    Then Target will fix the website, then Hewlett-Packard or Dell will get sued because their monitors wear out too easily when braille bumps are punched in 'em.

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    Leave it California...
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    Now one can understand why certain MacDonald's drive-thru's have a braille menu here is "sue-happy" S. Florida. How the person driving is actually capable of navigating the car is an issue best left unsaid.
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    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    yeah this one made me scratch my head and want to drink

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    Holy crap. Braile at a drive through. Only in America baby.
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    Blind Cal student sues Target
    Suit charges retailer's Web site cannot be used by the sightless

    Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
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    (02-08) 1215 PST OAKLAND -- A blind UC Berkeley student has filed a class-action lawsuit against Target Corp., saying the retailer is committing civil-rights violations because its Web site is inaccessible to those who cannot see.

    The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, said the upscale discounter's on-line business, target.com, denies blind Californians equal access to goods and services available to those who can see.

    "Target thus excludes the blind from full and equal participation in the growing Internet economy that is increasingly a fundamental part of daily life," said the suit, which seeks to be certified as a class action and alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and various state statutes.

    A message left this morning to Target's corporate office in Minneapolis wasn't immediately returned.

    Advocates for the blind said the lawsuit is a shot across the bow for retailers, newspapers and others who have Web sites the blind cannot use. They chose Target because of its popularity and because of a large number of complaints by blind patrons.

    "What I hope is that Target and other online merchants will realize how important it is to reach 1.3 million people in this nation and the growing baby-boomer population who will also be losing vision," said plaintiff Bruce Sexton Jr., 24, a blind third-year student at UC Berkeley.

    Sexton, who is president of the California Association of Blind Students, said making Target's Web site accessible to the blind would also make it more navigable by those without vision problems.

    Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, an advocacy group that's also a plaintiff in the suit, said today that the complaint is based on the theory that online portals of "brick-and-mortar stores," or actual physical places, must be equally accessible.

    "Target is one of the biggest companies in the country," Maurer said. "One of the things we're trying to do is change the way this is done."

    Blind people access Web sites by using keyboards in conjunction with screen-reading software which vocalizes visual information on a computer screen.

    But Target's site lacks "alt-text," an invisible code embedded beneath a graphic on the Web site that a screen reader could use to provide a description of the image to a blind person, the suit said.

    Target.com also has inaccessible image maps, the suit said. Image maps, when clicked on by sighted users, allow the patron to jump to other destinations within the Web site. But since Target's site requires the use of a mouse to complete the transaction, it prevents blind people from making purchases online, the suit said.

    Some companies, like Wells Fargo Co., have Web sites that are accessible to the blind, said attorney Mazen Basrawi, an attorney with Disability Rights Advocates of Berkeley, which represents the plaintiffs.

    In 2003, Wells Fargo was the first financial institution to have its Web site certified by Maurer's group, bank spokesman Chris Hammond said.

    But many other Web sites can't be used by the blind, Basrawi said.

    Basrawi said the plaintiffs began negotiating with Target after writing the retailer in May 2005. But talks broke down last month, and the company, whom the attorney described as "one of the biggest offenders," declined to modify its Web site.

    "Blind people have complained about (Target's Web site) in particular," Basrawi said. "That one's gotten a lot of complaints, especially because it's completely unusable. A blind person cannot make a purchase independently on target.com."

    Target has 1,400 stores in 47 states, including 205 in California.
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    A lot of blind people must shop at Target. Last year my son and I were at the checkouts at our local Target and my son notice a guy with a dog coming in to the store. My son asked me if it was ok to bring your pets in to the store...I told him that the man is blind and that is his seeing eye dog. Then the blind guy grabbed the dog by its hind legs and started twirling the dog around in circles!!! I like dogs and all....so I went up to the guy and asked him what the hell he was doing.. He said, " Just looking around!".

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    Thanks for posting that voivod, as it includes some facts and details that go a long way toward making the issue understandable. In context, the first post could lead some, if not most readers to an unwarranted conclusion.

    This is basically the first step toward accessibility for blind and sight impaired folk on the internet. Non-impaired folk take wheelchair ramps and handicapped parking spaces for granted today, when both were the result of a long hard struggle. There is still a shitload of work to be performed in those areas.

    This is a no-win situation for Target. If the company ignores the pleas of the group, they will be seen as callous and cold hearted. If they do aqueous, they will be seen as caving in. What the company should have done is continue talks with the representatives of CABS, and reached an agreement. They would have been seen as pioneers and advocates for the rights of the blind and impaired.

    Instead, they will have to deal with the fallout of bad publicity for being so...short-sighted.
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    Who's next? Paramount Pictures for not making movies in braille?

    Maybe the deaf can go after the recording industry.
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