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RE: 508 vs. W3C

From: Robert Neff <robert.neff@uaccessit.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 08:41:39 -0500
To: "'Steve Vosloo'" <stevenvosloo@yahoo.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c24aaa$cf737020$6500000a@computername>

My understanding and Cynthia can clarify from a legal standpoint is all
U.S. states are required to have a guideline as required by ADA,
however, they can either: 1. make their own, 2. use any or all or a
combination of WCAG, 3. 2. use any or all or a combination of 508

I understand they must have something in place, but not sure what every
state's timetable is?

Robert Neff

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Steve Vosloo
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 2:58 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: 508 vs. W3C

Thanks Judy. I'm a little unclear on the enforcement of 508 compliancy.
If certain states choose to be compliant with the W3C's WCAG 1.0 does
this mean that all states can follow either 508 or WCAG, as long as
they're accessible at the end of the day? Or are these states which
adopt W3C's WCAG 1.0 also 508 compliant?


-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Judy Brewer
Sent: 23 August 2002 05:44 AM
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 
>agencies in the US.  For a complete discussion of this impact on 
>entities doing business in the US, including how Section 508 informs US

>entities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other 
>disability rights laws on how to ensure effective communication through

>the accessible design of web sites, please see my law and policy 
>chapters in the recently released book "Constructing Accessible Web 
>Sites."  One interesting response to the Section 508 effort is that a 
>number of States have adopted Section 508 in policy or legislation 
>because they want their websites to be accessible to 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.
>Steve Vosloo wrote:
> > Hi Carlos
> >
> > Can you please tell me if Germany's requirement for level-AA 
> > compliance is for all govt sites, or also inclusive of public sites.
> >
> > Thanks

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Director, W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative
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