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RE: 508 vs. W3C

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 02:34:46 -0400
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To: "Robert Neff" <robert.neff@uaccessit.com>, "'WAI Interest Group'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>


At 11:40 PM 8/22/2002 -0500, Robert Neff wrote:

>Has anyone been tracking what each state has done or is planning?

Yes, several organizations have. WAI's reference links on US State policies 
will be being updated... most likely next week (very out of date at the 
moment, but we have the data to update it already); the international list 
is being updated (off-line) this week and will be posted to WAI IG shortly 
for comment. (Not useful to comment on that until the updates are done, 
since we are integrating many edits that people have already kindly sent in 

>Does anyone have a grid detailing each state, requirements, dates
>enacted, Dates for this to be enacted, or planning or status of

WAI's state list will not be such a detailed grid, no.

- Judy

>Robert Neff
>-----Original Message-----
>From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
>Behalf Of Judy Brewer
>Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 10:44 PM
>To: Cynthia Waddell; Carlos A Velasco; Steve Vosloo
>Cc: WAI Interest Group
>Subject: RE: 508 vs. W3C
>I believe that Carlos was describing the situation in Germany, not in
>U.S., in response to Steve's question about Web accessibility policy in
>Germany; and that his response is accurate for that context.
>With regard to states in the U.S., however, while many are adopting US
>508, others are adopting W3C's WCAG 1.0, which addresses a broader
>constituency. U.S. Sec. 508 includes fewer provisions, and explicitly
>excludes certain constituencies such as those with cognitive
>With regard to indirect impact across both public and private sectors,
>biggest impact will come when organizations get serious about requiring
>ATAG-compliant software (authoring tools that comply with W3C's
>Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0), not just WCAG-conformant Web sites,
>since that will help drive demand for authoring tool developers to
>software that supports the production of accessible Web sites. So far,
>of the only formal statements on this issue has come from the European
>          (long URI coming, and skip past the introductory material to
>to the provisions)
>- Judy
>At 06:38 PM 8/22/2002 -0700, Cynthia Waddell wrote:
> >The response by Carlos was not complete and could be misinterpreted.
> >Section 508 has an indirect impact on websites other than Federal
> >in the US.  For a complete discussion of this impact on entities doing
> >business in the US, including how Section 508 informs US entities
> >under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights
> >on how to ensure effective communication through the accessible design
> >web sites, please see my law and policy chapters in the recently
> >book "Constructing Accessible Web Sites."  One interesting response to
> >Section 508 effort is that a number of States have adopted Section 508
> >policy or legislation because they want their websites to be accessible
> >the widest possible constituency.
> >
> >Best regards,
> >Cynthia Waddell
> >
> ><...>
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> >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
> >   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
> > > is for all govt sites, or also inclusive of public sites.
> > >
> > > Thanks
>Judy Brewer  +1.617.258.9741      http://www.w3.org/WAI
>Director, W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative
>WAI Interest Group: http://www.w3.org/WAI/IG
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Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
MIT/LCS Room NE43-355, 200 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA,  02139,  USA
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