Sites ignore disabled access 'at their peril'

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Failure by business to comply with Disability Discrimination Act guidelines on accessibility has spurred the British Standards Institute to develop a new "tool-kit" primarily aimed at those commissioning websites, as well as those that build them.

The BSI commissioned the Public Accessibility Specification after a Disability Rights Commission survey of 1000 sites found that over 80% failed to meet the guidelines.

In the survey, many public sector sites fared little better than their private sector counterparts.

But, the PAS' technical author and Digital Policy Manager of the Royal National Institute of the Blind told AccountingWEB, the Specification is not so much aimed at providing new guidelines, but constitutes a "process standard."

Julie Howell said, "It discusses issues like levels of con...

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