Latest happenings in the world wide web
As I write this, virtually the entire industrialized world is in lock-down quarantine in response to the COVID-19. And since we are obsessed with security, it will not surprise you that we have turned out attention to the challenges — some new, some that have been around for years — that are highlighted by the situation. Let's take a look.
What if you designed an interactive, animated app for browsers and smartphones that allowed folks to visually assemble a pizza and track it online … that would be really cool right? Well, yes … but how do you make an app like that fully “accessible and compliant” to the visually impaired? Domino's Pizza is taking that question to the Supreme Court.
We are strong proponents of website accessibility compliance. There are a few issues that need to be navigated. In addition to competing state and jurisdictional differences in compliance regulation, there has been a rash of frivolous and boilerplate legal threat letters and even full lawsuits. But as the courts learn about the problem, they are pushing back and some recent case precedents are good news. Here's the latest info.
Depending on who you are listening to, the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the right of individual states to charge sales tax on internet transactions is either a small blip on the economics of internet retail or the end of eCommerce as we know it. The reality is that it’s something far more boring … it’s an open door for governmental regulation and additional economic friction.
Navigating the GDPR: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Will Impact Your Business and Your Website … Here’s What You Need to Know
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by central EU governmental authorities to augment and supersede the previous Data Protection Directive which came into effect in 1995. Chances are, if you are doing business in the EU and your website was created by a professional development team, your website likely follows many of those recommendations already. Importantly, the guidelines of the Data Protection Directive were just that – a set of guidelines.