Monday, September 19, 2005

Accessibility and the e-Government Interoperability Framework

For those of you developing websites for the UK public sector, you may or may not know that there are specific standards you are expected to meet under the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF), such as using particular image formats, using certain metadata elements, and so on.

The Technical Standards Catalogue of the e-GIF lists those standards, and the latest version (v6.2) now includes a section specifically for accessibility and usability.

One thing developers should be aware of is that the e-GIF is now recommending that government websites meet Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

(The Technical Standards Catalogue has also included the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 "for future consideration".)

What do developers think about this? Is it easier to comply with these requirements when producing static pages? How does this affect your content management systems?

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