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Re: A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?


From: Bryan Garaventa
Date: Dec 29, 2012 9:17PM

Thank you, this is an excellent article, which reflects my reasoning for
building WhatSock.com as an education and development resource for bridging
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and practical application with utmost

I've shared your article with the Royal Society of Arts, who should also
find it interesting.

All the best,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dr Jonathan Hassell" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2012 3:23 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?

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

And let me know what you think here on webaim.

Best regards



Prof Jonathan Hassell
Director, Hassell Inclusion

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