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Re: International Accessibility Laws and Standards

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From: Mark Magennis
Date: Nov 30, 2004 8:28AM


The European Union has recently issued two public procurement directives
that should impact on Web accessibility laws in member states.
Essentially, a directive is something that all member states are
required to implement into their own national laws within a set time
frame, in this case by the end of January 2006. The two new directives
are:

Directive 2004/18/EC
http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2004/l_134/l_13420040430en011
40240.pdf

Directive 2004/17/EC
http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2004/l_134/l_13420040430en000
10113.pdf

The following explanation is my understanding only. It may be wrong in
both fact and nuance, because I am not an expert on these matters, so
you might like to check with someone who is. I suggest Ruth Loebl of the
RNIB in the UK ( <EMAIL REMOVED> ).

These coordination directives are wide ranging