International Accessibility Legislation

December 3, 2006

Topics: Accessibility, Law.

Courtesy of Kim Krause Berg, a great summary of accessibility policies by country.

A big deal is frequently made of Section 508, the United States accessibility guidelines, WCAG 1.0, and the accessibility rules set by the UK: The Disability Discrimination Act. But what if your primary audience is in Belgium?

Even though very, very few countries currently provide laws requiring accessibility for privately owned commercial sites, it’s always a possibility that this could happen: it’s a good idea to keep your eyes on the regulations currently applicable in any given country.

Better, of course, is to just make your site as accessible as you reasonably can and figure that whatever legal changes occur you should be in the clear &mdash at the worst, you’ll fail their stringent requirements but have clearly demonstrated your efforts!