Saturday, 29 October 2016

Public sector websites/apps and new accessibility standards

Image result for include !Will this force PS areas to include captions and sign at the same time ? and stop the random access approaches by bias, that causes issues at present ? Inclusion, it isn't just a word.

Websites and mobile apps operated by public sector bodies in the EU will have to correspond to new accessibility standards under new EU laws finalised earlier this week.28 Oct 2016

The European Parliament approved a new Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (44-page / 379KB PDF) on Wednesday, voting to endorse a draft backed by the EU's Council of Ministers earlier this year.

The new Directive, which stems from European Commission proposals first published in December 2012, has still to be entered into the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU). After that procedural step is taken, EU countries will have 21 months to implement the legislation into national laws.

Public sector bodies will then have a further year to apply the accessibility standards to new websites. Existing websites must be upgraded to conform to the standards within two years of the deadline for national implementation of the Directive, and mobile apps must conform within 33 months of that date.

Under the new Directive, public sector bodies must "make their websites and mobile applications more accessible by making them perceivable, operable, understandable and robust". Public sector bodies can adhere to those requirements by implementing measures in line with technical standards. They are only required to adhere to the new requirements "to the extent that those requirements do not impose a disproportionate burden" on them.

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