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W3C firms up on accessibility recommendations

Source: CNet, 21 September 2001

The W3C's guidelines for Web accessibility have been approved and CNet helps Web developers consider their implications.

CNet staff journalist Paul Festa discusses the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) publication of its 'candidate recommendation' for its User Agent Accessibility Guidelines. A 'user agent' is anything that renders Web content, and the guidelines aim at "lowering barriers to Web accessibility for people with disabilities (visual, hearing, physical, and cognitive)". Partly prompted by Section 508, a 1998 amendment to the Rehabilitation Act requiring US Federal Web sites to be accessible to people with disabilities, some of the recommendations are already in widespread use.

CNet article: Standards Body Pushes Accessibility Online