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I see that the thorny issue of website access for the disabled has raised its
According to this NZ Herald story
there's an arguable case there's a legal requirement for some (if not all)
Kiwi websites to be designed with the navigational needs of the disabled
Of course this isn't an issue when a website is properly designed to start with -
but those fools who build entire pages out of Flash and/or use graphic elements
for menus with no ALT tags might be in big trouble.
I've long been a fan of all websites having a link with the words "text only" as
the first element of every page.
Clicking on that link ought to take you to a page that can be navigated easily
by those using text-only browsers or text to speech conversion software. Unfortunately
this can be a lot of extra work and becomes very hard to justify.
So, once again, the best option is generally to ensure that your website
has plenty of text-based navigation elements built in and that key information
is also presented as ASCII text rather than fancy graphics or Flash.
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The other story that caught my eye this morning was the news that Trade and
Enterprise appear to have infringed the effective trademark of a smaller operator
by registering the name newzealandfocus.com.
It's been reported that the domain newzealand-focus.com had been registered seven months
earlier by an operator who built what they claim to be "one
of the best-known NZ tourism portals" (now at
What's going on here?
On the face of it, Trade and Enterprise should get a right royal kick up the
backside for cybersquatting. It's obvious that there would be very clear
confusion generated by the use of this newly registered name -- bad form!
Of course I'm left wondering why the owner of newzealand-focus.com didn't
simply register newzealandfocus.com themselves to protect the domain - that
would have made a lot of sense.
It's clear from this page
however, that the folks on whom Trade and Enterprise have stomped, are not
best pleased about the situation.
The problem is that successfully suing for an infringement of your defacto
trademark/domain name can be a very expensive operation -- especially when
the defendant will be using your own money (tax dollars) to defend against
The forums are back up at:
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