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From: Francisco Godinho <f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 22:57:09 -0000
Message-ID: <00ec01bf45bd$64369f20$962888c1@magoo.utad.pt>
To: "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hello

Here you find an important document:
eEurope - An  Information  Society  For  All
http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/dg13/com081299_en.pdf

Communication  on  a  Commission  Initiative  for
the  Special  European  Council  of  Lisbon, Portugal
23  and  24  March  2000

7.  e Participation  for  the  disabled

<snip>


Targets:

By  the  end  of  2000:
The  European  Commission  and  Member  States  should  review  the
relevan legislation  and  standards  programmes  dealing  with  the
Information
Society,  with  a view  to  ensuring  their  conformity  with  accessibility
principles  and accelerating standardisation  processes.


The  European  Commission  will  propose  a  recommendation  o  Member
States  to take  account  of  the  requirements  of  people  with
disabilities
in  the procurement  of information  and  communications  products  and
services.


By  the  end  of  2001:
The  European  Commission  and  Member  States  should  commit
themselves to making  the  design  and  content of  all  public  Web  sites
accessible
to people  with disabilities.


By  the  end  of  2002:
The  European  Commission  will  support   the  creation  of  a  Network
of  Centres  of Excellence,  at   least   one  in  each  Member  State,
that   will  develop  a
European curriculum  module  in  Design-for-All  to  train  designers  and
engineers.


Asap I will inform you more about this.


Best Regards
Francisco Godinho
Ministry of Science and Technology
Portugal


-----Original Message-----
From: Francisco Godinho <f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt>
Date: Sexta-feira, 8 de Outubro de 1999 23:05
Subject: Web accessibility milestone in Europe - April 2000


Web accessibility milestone in Europe – April 2000

The Portuguese presidency of the European Union ( EU) that will take place
during the first semester of the year 2000, goes to re-launch the European
Initiative for the Information Society, through a ministerial conference
that will be held in Lisbon in April of 2000.

According to Portuguese Minister of Science and Technology, the re-launching
of the European Initiative for the Information Society will be centered in
subjects such as accessibility and regulation of the Internet.

As you know, Portugal is the first European country where web accessibility
is mandatory. This legislation was an initiative of the Ministry of Science
and Technology. I think that people from EU countries should join efforts
and take this conference as a milestone to promote web accessibility in
Europe.

Regards
Francisco Godinho
Co-coordinator of the Petition for the Accessibility of the Portuguese
Internet.
GUIA/PASIG - Portuguese Accessibility Special Interest Group
http://www.acessibilidade.net/index_eng.html
Founder for The Human Chain for Timor on the Internet
http://www.acessibilidade.net/timor
http://www.egroups.com/group/timor-portugal/
STOP THE GENOCIDE IN EAST TIMOR
Received on Monday, 13 December 1999 17:59:02 GMT

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