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Re: WCAG and various Laws


From: Christophe Strobbe
Date: Apr 1, 2010 2:06PM

Hi Geof,

At 19:34 30/03/2010, Geof Collis wrote:
>Hi Christophe and All
>Followed that link and I've pasted below
>Countries that have some mention of Guidelines,
>not sure how current some of them are though.

If you are interested in disability legislation
in general, there is another resource that I
discovered just today: the section "law and
policy" on the website of the Academic Network of
European Accessibility Experts (ANED):
<http://www.disability-europe.net/en/themes/Law and policy>.

>In conformity with the e-Europe Initiative,
>Austria has committed itself to adjusting all
>public web services according to the WAI level A.

This is probably already out of date.
However, this page does not clearly state to
which standard Austrian e-government websites should conform now.

>AnySurfer (formerly BlindSurfer) is a collective
>organization of Belgian�s largest organizations
>for the blind and visually impaired. AnySurfer is mainly
>known for granting quality labels (guidelines are
>based on WCAG1). Both the Flemish and the Walloon
>Government have formally accepted the revised AnySurfer
>guidelines (released in July 2006) as the only
>set of guidelines for testing public websites.

OK, but Belgium has no law on web accessibility.
Neither do the communities or the regions (and
God knows at which level one should campaign for
such legislation

>The Law for Equal Rights and Opportunities,
>Participation and Citizenship of People with
>Disabilities (Law n� 2005-102 of 11 February 2005), Article 47,
>makes accessibility of all public online services
>mandatory. Public digital communication services
>(public websites in particular, but also phone and TV
>services) must be accessible to people with
>disabilities according to international
>standards. The law does not specify further the services that are concerned,
>nor does it refer to specific standards.
>There is no direct legal or regulatory obligation
>for the accessibility of private websites.

Update: the decree from 14 May 2009
requires that websites by puclic authorities
should conform within two years (starting from
the date of publication of the decree, if I understand this correctly).
This decree puts into practice article 47 from an
earlier law (from 11 February 2005):

RGAA provides guidelines for public
administrations: <http://references.modernisation.gouv.fr/rgaa-accessibilite>;.

Best regards,


>Taken from http://www.eaccessibility-progress.eu/country-profiles/

Christophe Strobbe
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