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Re: other country laws Portugal

From: Francisco Godinho <f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 00:31:06 +0100
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "Robert Neff" <rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>, "Javier Romañach" <jromanac@dial.eunet.es>
Cc: "Francisco Godinho (Eng.)" <f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt>
Message-ID: <01bdc8a4$c7018800$16b941c2@Host.telepac.pt>
Dear Robert Neff

In Portugal, we still in "Stone Age" concerning accessibility. Only in the
last year, Portuguese Govern made legislation about Rules of accessibility
to Public buildings.

Nevertheless, these year, Portuguese Govern are preparing an initiative
called "The Citizens with Special Needs in the Information Society", with
the goal of promoting the accessibility to the Information and
telecommunication technologies and services.

I don't believe that legislation about Internet will be a milestone, because
there is a weak social pressure concerning this issue. How many Portuguese
Subscribers has WAI ?

Nevertheless, I already made several suggestion to the commission (Mission
for the Information Society)  that is preparing this initiative, concerning
Web, software and telecommunications accessibility issues and the importance
of introduce Universal Design education, in the curricula of computer
science, electronic and telecommunication engineering courses. I am waiting

Concerning disabilities laws, I am compiling a Portuguese Directory of
Disability related web sities called "The Lighthouse of  Disability,
Handicap and Equal Opportunities" http://www.terravista.pt/meco/1728.

You can translate to Portuguese with Altavista service

The information are organized in Lighthouses, to allow easily to access
groups of contents: Lighthouse of the Computers, Lighthouse of the
Communication, Lighthouse of the Economy, Lighthouse of the Design and the
Accessibility, Lighthouse of the School, Lighthouse of the Lusofonia,
Lighthouse of the Law, etc.

The URL of the Lighthouse of the Law is

Concerning Information Technology,  Assistive Technology, European and US
databases, Web accessibility, software accessibility, Telecommunication and
kiosks, Information Society, I am compiling resources in  the site called
"The Bug of Accessibility" http://www.terravista.pt/meco/1734/bug.html. In
this site you can find more than 250 english links. There are special
sections for Trace Center, Microsoft and IBM.

Best regards

Francisco Godinho
Personal Homepage: http://www.terravista.pt/meco/1734


-----Original Message-----
From: Javier Romañach <jromanac@dial.eunet.es>
To: Robert Neff <rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>; 'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'
Date: Quarta-feira, 12 de Agosto de 1998 13:01
Subject: Re: other country laws

Hello all,

In Spain we don't have anything like that so far, but we have a comission
supposed to start working soon.


Javier Romañach
COCEMFE, Comisión I+D
Madrid, Spain

> From: Robert Neff <rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>
> To: 'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'
> Subject: FW: other country laws
> Date: lunes 10 de agosto de 1998 14:43
> Once more i am compiling a list of the disability laws in other countries
also which ones apply to the web.  Here in the US we have the:
> American Disability Act,
> Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
> Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act
> Looking for comparable data for other countries.
> Appreciate your time! thanks!
Received on Saturday, 15 August 1998 19:36:01 UTC

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