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Re: regulations on accessibility to government web sites around the world, what exists and what criteria is used to measure it


From: Ryan E. Benson
Date: Mar 31, 2011 6:03PM

I will have to agree, you are probably looking at early to mid 2012.
The Access Board was hoping the next few months at the 2010 Section
508 Coordinators Conference, but in reality 2012.

Ryan E. Benson

On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 5:07 PM, Bevi Chagnon | PubCom
< <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Birkir wrote: "Bevi, do you have any idea when the Section 508 draft becomes
> law, are we talking months or years before it would reasonably be expected
> to go through congress?"
> Being government, no. I doubt anyone could officially say when they will be
> released.
> However, reading my crystal ball... many of us in the industry expect them
> by the end of this year or early 2012, based on the Access Board's past
> history.
> Many U.S. agencies are already starting to deploy the draft standards (or at
> least beginning to think about them, thank goodness). I don't think there
> will be much delay getting them approved. Technically, the standards affect
> only Federal government information, and not local or state information, nor
> corporate information other than that done on behalf of a Federal agency by
> a Federal contractor.
> I'm sure if any noise is made by the Access Board, it will be broadcast load
> and clear here on the WebAim list!
> - Bevi