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NewAgeMedia: [UK] Government gets tough over Web accessibility

From: Isofarro <w3evangelism@faqportal.uklinux.net>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 12:12:51 +0200
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NewMediaAge[1], a publication for marketers involved in "New Media" have
published an article today titled: "Government gets tough over Web
accessibility"[2] where the DRC lays out the typical scenario for an
inaccessible website.

If the DRC concludes that a website breaches the Disability Discrimination
Act they are allowed to serve a notice ordering the website to cease
operation. Failing to comply with this notice results in a court case.

The government is already pressing ahead preparing to launch its first legal
crackdown, the article claims, its a matter of whether to start with
individual companies or specific sectors. I wonder if a company is allowed
to volunteer ;-)

There is a mention of a code of practice[3] published by the DRC, although I
won't comment too much on the irony of offering it either as a Word document
or PDF download.

[1] -- http://www.newmediazero.com/
[2] -- http://www.newmediazero.com/news/home.asp?sd=05022003
[3] -- http://www.drc.gov.uk/drc/InformationAndLegislation/Page331a.asp
Received on Thursday, 6 February 2003 07:15:57 UTC

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