Joe Clark: Accessibility ¶ Design ¶ Writing

Downloads from Vancouver 2010 Olympics Web sites

Intro · Backgrounder · Findings · Responses · Downloads

For your own research or other people’s, you may download a zip archive of numerous files I saved during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

→ Zip archive (41 MB)

The archives cover the period of 2010.02.13 through 2010.02.17 (days one through five of competition) and 2010.02.26 through 2010.02.28 (days 13 through 15). The purpose of those dates is to show the initial state of code and what, if anything, the two sites did to fix their code by the end of the Games.

All archives contain files with names of the following patterns (with dates replaced as appropriate):

Source code exactly as found
Screenshots in Safari 4.04 Mac
Safari HTML source (a) and Web archive (b) of homepages. (You may have to adjust filename extensions to open these files on non-Macintosh systems)
Safari HTML source (a) and Web archive (b) of validation results. (You may have to adjust filename extensions to open these files on non-Macintosh systems)
Printout of homepage
A no-CSS view, in this case from Lynx

One or two folders contain additional source code for results tables.

Good heavens! Is this legal?

Of course it is. I am providing these materials for research purposes. The fair-dealing provisions of the Copyright Act state that fair dealing for research purposes (among several others) is not an infringement of copyright. The Supreme Court ruled that “ ‘[r]esearch’ must be given a large and liberal interpretation in order to ensure that users’ rights are not unduly constrained, and is not limited to noncommercial or private contexts.”

In other words, yes, I have every right to publish insubstantial excerpts of publicly-available Web sites for research purposes.

Trademarks? No trademarks are being used. These excerpts cannot be casually viewed in a Web browser or other software or in any way accidentally viewed, hence there is no possibility of marketplace confusion. (You have to deliberately download then expand an archive, then sort through folders to find relevant files, then use specific software of your own choosing to view them.)

Posted: 2010.03.02 12:40

Homepage: Joe Clark Homepage: Joe Clark Media access (captioning, Web accessibility, etc.) Graphic and industrial design Journalism, articles, book