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A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?

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From: Dr Jonathan Hassell
Date: Dec 21, 2012 4:23AM


Early this month the European Commission issued a proposal for a directive on “Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites”.

This will require twelve categories of EU public-sector websites to comply with W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at the AA level.

The directive could establish a law centred around a clearer definition of ‘the objective set of criteria for determining what an accessible website looks like’ that many accessibility advocates have been wanting for years.

So what does this proposed directive mean for developers, disabled & older people, and website owners in Europe and beyond?

Is it going to get disabled and older people the benefits they want, without burdening website owners with unreasonable costs that prevent them implementing it?

You can find out more by reading my analysis blog at http://www.hassellinclusion.com/2012/12/clear-eu-accessibility-law/

And let me know what you think here on webaim.

Best regards

Jonathan

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Prof Jonathan Hassell
Director, Hassell Inclusion

Blog: http://hassellinclusion.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jonhassell