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From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Mar 31, 2011 7:48AM


Hi listers

I got an unusual request today. One of the Icelandic members of
parliament wants to initiate a regulatory procedure on minimum
accessibility requirements to all government web sites.
He asked me what the regulations are like in other counries and what
is used to measure and rrate minimum accessibility.
I know of ADA Title II and section 508, but both are, unfortunately,
not as comprehensive and clear as we would wish them to be.
Does anyone have anything for me in this area,
Canada/Australia/UK/other countries that have regulations?
I would suggest that web pages need to pass all WCAG 2.0 priority I
testing at the least.
The odd thing, is that this is a last minute proposal so I have 24
hours to send in some suggestions on what I think should be included,
so any relatively quick responses would be most appreciated.
Thanks and be well.
-Birkir