HCW Lab Recommendation on the US ACM Accessibility PolicyPublished: 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 and EU recommendations, and use them to strengthen the best practice guidelines and recommendations.