• HCW Lab Recommendation on the US ACM Accessibility Policy

    Published: Wednesday, 25 July 2007

    We have been recently asked by ACM SIGACCESS for our views on a proposal to extend accessibility regulations to commercial sites.

    We have been recently asked by ACM SIGACCESS for our views on a proposal to extend accessibility regulations to commercial sites. Therefore, after consultation within the Lab we recommended that:

    USACM (the ACM's policy office for the USA) recommend an extension to the accessibility regulations be applied to commercial websites with two proviso's: (1) that sites should conform unless they can show a demonstrable case of why they do not conform (in whole or part), and that this statement is publicly available on their Website; and (2) that this recommendation should have immediate effect on corporate sites with a turnover of 1 million USD per annum, but be deferred until a site redesign occurs (signified by a change to the site look or feel) for smaller companies below the 1 million turnover threshold. In addition to these two proviso's we also suggest the USACM look carefully at the DRC[1] and EU[2] recommendations, and use them to strengthen the best practice guidelines and recommendations.

    [1] Disability Rights Commission Formal Investigation Report: Web Accessibility
    [2] E-accessibility of public sector services in the European Union

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