I understand some countries have laws demanding sites be a certain level of accessible under certain circumstances. For example, perhaps a public web site in America needs to comply to law XYZ ensuring it can be seen by the visually impaired etc...
Anyway, I really don't know any specifics about this, so what I was hoping was that someone might either know a good source for me to find all this information, or perhaps we could share our knowledge here. I'm looking to find out the names of laws governing websites in various different countries and where I might be able to view a copy of these laws.
If it helps, I want these so I can turn to a company and say "this site also complies with laws X, Y and Z" etc...
Law and Order
By the way, if anyone was interested in this, I seem to have found something with this site...
That seems to contain the UK Law though I'm only going through it now. Still, interesting!
Here's a fascinating file! Ok, new question, how much emphasis on satisfying this document should one make? Do you all aim for the double A mark?
Sorry if I should just be posting my findings like this, I guess I figure if someone else finds this topic as interesting as I do, they may benefit from my searching all in one go!
Ooops, turns out there's a later version, try http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/. My bad, sorry!
I shall check those out, thanks Chris!
More on Accessibility...
I do a lot of work with charity and not-for-profit organizations who do require a greater level of accessibility than most would tend to try to achieve. It bears noting that "accessibility" isn't just limited to meeting the technical requirements, but also leans heavily into usability, and moreso into ease of use.
You'll get into such concerns as visual contrast, font sizing, simplicity of language ('plain language' is the common term) and more.
Chris has supplied the best links to start with, through the W3C and the U.S. Section 508. You'll also find regions that have their own mandates, such as the Province of Ontario's "Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act" (AODA) - see http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/pillars/accessibilityOntario/
Some sites will also post "Accessibility Statements" to show that they are aware and trying to accommodate visitors to their site.
The thing about accessibility is it's truly just a matter of doing things the right way, and ensuring that anyone can access the information regardless of physical, intellectual and cognizent abilities, or their availabiilty to the latest technologies. I also find that "accepted practices" can change fairly rapidly, so the way things are done today to accommodate may be improved on in just a few months time.
Enjoy your research... There's MUCH to learn and keep you busy.
Quote: Do you all aim for
Do you all aim for the double A mark?
In a nutshell? yes, to a large degree what we all preach and hopefully practise i.e good semantic standards focused coding should ensure that the majority points are covered.
As for 'Law' I would say that this is a slightly contentious word in respect of what is required; the 'Law' has to be based on a set of criteria in order to form judgement, and that criteria - in respect of the DDA and European directives will be based on the W3C Guidelines and to an extent that is the operative word 'guidelines'.
E-Snow, you have been a MASSIVE help both in this thread and my business ideas one... I really appreciate it! And Hugo, I am always grateful for your wise words.
I am spending the evening researching on the accessibility issues and such. At the moment, I'm afraid (being unfamiliar with it all) I have this insane idea of creating a duplicate of each site I make in a sub-domain folder but using a different stylesheet, then having one of those 'text increase' buttons which would seamlessly link the user to the same page in the sub-domain and vice-versa. That's got to be an inefficient way of doing it right?
Maybe it's to early to be asking for advice on the practicalities of it all, I myself read that back and think it looks very inefficient and I'm sure I could do better then that if I stopped typing for a second and started thinking!
Thank you all,
I doubt that you need to be
I doubt that you need to be doing that at all, it should be perfectly possible to satisfy the WCAG 2.0 conformance guidelines and the conformance guideline 1) conformance level AA is the one you should aim for especially as once you understand the requirements you'll realise that you fulfil most if them just through good coding practises.Do look up past posts by Lorraine (as Chris suggested) as she does know her subject very well being that it's her professional area of expertise.
I miss Lorraine.
I miss Lorraine.
burlster wrote:That's got to
That's got to be an inefficient way of doing it right?
Very. For starters, web accessibility is about a lot more than text resizing widgets. In fact, most accessibility experts I've ever read will say that text resizing is the browsers' responsibility, not the developers'. Make your site flexible enough to stand up to reasonable amounts of text resizing and explain to users how to do it on an accessibility or site info page. If you really feel the need to offer text resizing widgets, then do a search on 'stylesheet switching'.
I'll tell you what, I regret not having been around in the days when Lorraine frequented this forum. I just read her 'bits and pieces' thread (the stickied one). That's so helpful!
For those interested : http://csscreator.com/node/9112
For my interest : http://csscreator.com/node/17098 - Yep, definitely a shame I wasn't a member back then, haha!