Jay Small has begun pinging weblogs.com after blog updates; thus, I've added Small Initiatives to this site's blogroll. Look there for smart, well-written commentary on new media matters.
A new RSS validator has been introduced. Other validators have been around for a while, but this one is particularly user-friendly and comprehensive, covering all versions of the syndication format. As more news sites catch on to the fact that RSS is, basically, free advertising, they'll find it's not only important to provide a feed, but keep it free of code errors. This validator helps locate those errors.
A few weeks ago I wrote about accessibility court cases and their possible effects on news sites. Now, CNet reports on the outcome of one of those cases: "A federal judge ruled Friday that Southwest Airlines does not have to revamp its Web site to make it more accessible to the blind." In other words, the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply to the Web. Mark Pilgrim's reaction and Douglas Bowman's reaction are worth reading.
On the other hand, here in Atlanta, a federal judge ruled that the Web site of the city's transit system has violated the ADA.
Anitra Pavka predicts this issue will head to the U.S. Supreme Court. I hope so.