Friday, May 06, 2011

Way to go Ticketmaster!

This is from an e-newsletter put out by the National Federation of the Blind. It's always nice to be able to give a company kudos for making themselves accessable to everyone!

Ticketmaster Makes Web Site Fully Accessible and Fan-Friendly to Blind Users



The NFB also announced a cooperative agreement with Ticketmaster, the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, to make its Web site fully accessible to the blind. Under the agreement, the Ticketmaster Web site will be made fully accessible to blind users utilizing screen access technology by December 31, 2011. Screen access technology converts what is on the computer screen into synthesized speech or Braille.






Pursuant to the agreement, Ticketmaster will develop a comprehensive accessibility program that will include the development of an accessibility guidelines manual, as well as the appointment of both an accessibility coordinator and an accessibility committee.






Additionally, Ticketmaster will continue to work with officials of the National Federation of the Blind to ensure that the Ticketmaster services remain accessible to the blind. Ticketmaster will submit its Web site to the NFB Nonvisual Accessibility (NFB-NVA) Web Certification program, a rigorous procedure by which Web sites and applications that have made efforts to be accessible to the blind can be identified and recognized. The NFB-NVA Web Certification program continually monitors participating sites to ensure that they remain compliant with certification criteria. If a site remains accessible, its certification is renewed on an annual or a version basis. If accessibility issues arise, the National Federation of the Blind will work with the site developers to remedy them.


Find out more in the NFB’s press releases about the LSAC settlement and the Ticketmaster cooperative agreement.






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