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Are the costs for building an accessible website the same for airlines as they are for travel agencies? Travel agency websites include information from other types of travel (such as cruises) and it seems like these pages would have to be covered as well, so that would seem to make the costs higher for travel agencies. Or maybe I’m missing something.
I think that the timeline for the 3 tiers has to be more flexible. Some airlines may be a lot closer than others to becoming accessible already. DOT could give a little more time to the airlines that are currently further behind or are struggling more financially already.
I think this says that completely new sites that come online 6 months after the regulations become effective. That is often a year or more after they are approved. That seems long enough.
Notice that it also allows a smaller airline, which might only redesign its site every 4-5 years to wait to comply until it does.
That means that full compliance might be 5-7 years out. At the speed of technology, that’s a REALLY LONG TIME>
Making a web site accessible is old technology. WCAG 2.0 was completed in ~2006 or 2007. The Section 508 refresh advisory committee finished at about the same time. That’s already 5 years ago. There’s no excuse for more delay.