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Civic.com - Connecticut strengthens access standards

From: Kathleen Anderson <kathleen@spiderwebwoman.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 13:07:29 -0400
Message-ID: <000801c0015b$22225160$e924f79f@STATE.CT.US>
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 http://www.fcw.com/civic/articles/2000/0807/web-1conn-08-08-00.asp

Conn. strengthens access standards
BY Daniel Keegan


Connecticut has adopted stricter accessibility standards to ensure that
disabled citizens can access the state's World Wide Web page. The state aims
to have all its agencies in compliance by Jan. 1, 2002.

The Department of Information Technology will incorporate the World Wide Web
Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 to all pages
associated with the state site, ConneCT. W3C was created in 1994 to develop
common standards and protocols for the Web.

W3C's standards, recognized as the leading accessibility guidelines, replace
a patchwork set of standards instituted when Connecticut launched its site
in 1996, said Nuala Forde, the IT department's communications director. She
said the stricter standards were adopted because "it's the right thing to
do."

"If more and more states are going to use their Web site to serve and
interact with citizens, this is not going to be an option - it has to be
done," she said.

The ConneCT Management Advisory Committee, which manages the state site,
adopted the standards at the end of last month. Under the initiative, agency
Webmasters will first be trained about how to apply the standards, Forde
said.

The announcement comes as federal agencies are working to meet accessibility
guidelines under Section 508. Forde said the state was following the federal
government's lead in setting stricter standards.

More information about the implementation of the new initiative can be found
at www.cmac.state.ct.us/access.



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