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RE: 508 vs. W3C

From: Cynthia Waddell <Cynthia.Waddell@icdri.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 18:38:43 -0700
To: "Carlos A Velasco" <velasco@fit.fraunhofer.de>, "Steve Vosloo" <stevenvosloo@yahoo.com>
Cc: "'WAI IG List'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <ABEHLPKCABOINNCJEJOLAENHCEAA.Cynthia.Waddell@icdri.org>

The response by Carlos was not complete and could be misinterpreted.
Section 508 has an indirect impact on websites other than Federal agencies
in the US.  For a complete discussion of this impact on entities doing
business in the US, including how Section 508 informs US entities covered
under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws
on how to ensure effective communication through the accessible design of
web sites, please see my law and policy chapters in the recently released
book "Constructing Accessible Web Sites."  One interesting response to the
Section 508 effort is that a number of States have adopted Section 508 in
policy or legislation because they want their websites to be accessible to
the widest possible constituency.


Best regards,
Cynthia Waddell

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Executive Director
International Center for Disability Resources
         on the Internet

San Jose Office:
PO BOX 5456
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www.icdri.org/cynthia_waddell.htm

See my new book!
Constructing Accessible Web Sites
www.icdri.org/constructing_accessible_web_site.htm

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Behalf Of Carlos A Velasco
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 6:23 AM
To: Steve Vosloo
Cc: 'WAI IG List'
Subject: Re: 508 vs. W3C



Hi Steve,

Sorry for the delay in the reply. Unfortunately it is only applicable to
  websites of the Federal Government, not to other websites. It is not
even applicable to state sites.

regards,
carlos

Steve Vosloo wrote:
> Hi Carlos
>
> Can you please tell me if Germany's requirement for level-AA compliance
> is for all govt sites, or also inclusive of public sites.
>
> Thanks

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