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RE: UK Access Rules:

From: Tom James <TJames@salisbury.gov.uk>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 16:19:30 +0100
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Tom Croucher wrote ...
 
> law in the UK. However government guidlines for web sites already 
> stipulate that public web sites should be accessible, and this is 
> specifically listed at WCAG 1.0 A, in the "Framework for 
> Senior Managers" 

Having said that, the latest "Implementing Electronic Government" audit
returns we have to fill in explicitly ask for our progress towards
"Conformance with level AA of W3C Web Accessibility Initiative standards".
The Guidelines for Local Authority websites state "UK Government policy is
that conformance [...] is to level A. This is likely to be raised by
European legislation to level AA." So my assumption as we plan to redevelop
our site is that it makes sense to aim for WCAG AA.

This is said from a Local Authority point of view; I'm not sure if the
Central Government guidelines say the same thing or something different. The
relevant documents can be accessed from
http://www.e-envoy.gov.uk/Resources/WebGuidelines/fs/en .

	Tom
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