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RE: Accessibility certification

From: Léonie Watson <lw@nomensa.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 15:20:37 +0100
Message-ID: <2A876A583754DD4E8E03CFE899FA16062759E3@saturn.intranet.nomensa.com>
To: "Sailesh Panchang" <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
    The work towards a harmonised European mark for web accessibility is driven by a collective of European organisations with an interest in this area, or who already have an accreditation scheme in place within their own country.
    In addition, the Usability & Accessibility Working Group are working on an accreditation scheme that will badge the supplier, rather than the end product web site. This scheme is looking to involve the harmonised Euromark as part of the process of valuation, but this has yet to be decided.

    The working group have begun development, but are currently not funded and so work is only slowly progressing. Any volunteers sincerely welcomed :-)
Léonie Watson - Head of Accessibility


From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Sailesh Panchang
Sent: 25 October 2005 14:42
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Accessibility certification

Hello List,
Does anyone know of any Web accessibility certification process in the E.U., U.K., Canada, Australia or elsewhere? If there is any, what authority and acceptability does it have?   
The European Commission, in its 2005 Communication on e-Accessibility, indicated that they are examining accessibility compliance evaluation that could include certification and labeling by a third party. Any progress here? 

Sailesh Panchang
Senior Accessibility Engineer
Deque Systems (www.deque.com)
11180 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite #400
Reston VA 21091
E-mail: sailesh.panchang@deque.com
Tel: 703-225-0380 (ext 105)
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