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Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Andrew Kirkpatrick, Patrick H. Lauke, Jim Thatcher, Shawn Lawton Henry, Cynthia D. Waddell, Bruce Lawson, Michael R. Burks, Christian Heilmann, Mark Urban, Richard Rutter, Bob Regan

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17 WORLDWIDE ACCESSIBILITY LAWS AND POLICIES

by Cynthia D. Waddell

The U.S. is not the only country that has an accessible web design law. This chapter takes a look at web accessibility efforts around the world and highlights those countries that have adopted and implemented an accessible web design policy or law.

Many countries have adopted the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 or a variation, along with rules particular to that jurisdiction. Some countries, such as Australia and Denmark, have also adopted the U.S. Section 508 web requirements. Many quality marks or labels certifying accessibility are also covered in this chapter, including a project of the European Union (EU) Web Accessibility ...

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