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  • # April 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I’ve been told that there’s a specific checklist that we designers/coders should be aware of that will ensure that all web standards are met, even legal ones (such as ones which will ensure that even people with sight disabilities can easily access information).

    Is there an online website guide or downloadable PDF that you guys follow?

    And would it vary by country or is there an international set of rules?

    # April 24, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Can’t say that I have ever heard of a specific list like that.

    # April 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

    There is [WCAG](http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/), can’t help you more than this since I only know some basics of accessibility. They are guidelines, not standards or anything to do with legal stuff though.

    # April 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Can one be sued for not following accessibility norms?

    # April 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Don’t see how.

    That’s like a blind person suing a book publisher for not providing a spoken version.

    If you choose not to provide that option it’s tough luck. No-one has a legal ‘right’ to be able to access every webpage.

    Not ideal but a fact nonetheless.

    # April 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Sure, you can be sued but whether it holds up in a court of law is a different story.

    # April 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    +1 @Senff

    # April 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    In the US, the general guideline to stick to is Section 508. This site breaks it down reasonably well, but it’s getting pretty dated: http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.22.htm

    Here in Texas, all state-run institution websites are required to adhere to [TAC 206.70](http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=1&pt=10&ch=206&rl=70), as far as I know. I do a marginal amount of accessibility testing for our institution’s internal and external sites, and write reports detailing adherence to these statutes.

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