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Re: Nothing is really hidden

From: Lee Kowalkowski <lee.kowalkowski@googlemail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 10:52:10 +0100
Message-ID: <610592c90907030252i41e2e1bfs10a4499d6bda5e7f@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
2009/7/2 Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>:

> You stated in another reply in this thread that recent court rulings
> might make people pay attention to accessibility more in the future. I
> don't think that will happen. Possibly a few governmental websites
> will be authored such that they are accessible, but on the whole I
> don't think courts are going to affect the behavior of the masses.


In the UK (EU will probably have similar), the Cabinet Office requires
all government websites to have a minimum level of accessibility (WCAG
AA), or face withdrawal from the .gov.uk domain.
http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/government_it/web_guidelines/past_consultations.aspx

As quite a lot of government website development is undertaken by
large organisations, there is potential for these large organisations
to create more accessible websites for their non-government clients
too.  Also for organisations looking to compete for government
contracts.  Possibly not behaviour of the masses as you say.  Websites
created by large organisations are not cheap, but employees of such
organisations do move around from time to time.

--
Lee
www.webdeavour.co.uk
Received on Friday, 3 July 2009 09:52:50 UTC

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