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    UK Requirements

    Hi,

    I'm based in the UK, so US laws don't govern my web content.

    So that means section 508 does not apply to me.

    Can anyone tell me what legal requirement I have to meet to comply with UK law.

    Cheers

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    The UK still does not have a coherent policy regarding website accessibility.

    I follow the USA 508 guidlines and have yet to fail any of the UK tests even when working with UK companies and charities.

    Until the UK authorities start to take accessibility seriously then the only guidelines that exist are those laid down by the USA.

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    Hi,
    In the UK you have to conform to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), and essentially it sets out guidelines for what you should be doing and which standards you should be meeting etc.

    Essentially it comes down to these four things:
    Minimum of WAI Level 1
    EU recommendations of WAI Level 2 compliance
    And as much of WAI Level 3 as you can
    Preferably make sure you conform with Section 508.

    For a brief explination (without actually going through hundereds of pages of the DDA), read the section titled 'What does the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) state?' on the Web Credible article (below).

    Cheers,
    - Harry

    References:
    WAI checklist: http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/full-checklist.html
    Web Credible article on ths disability discrimination: http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-fr...irements.shtml
    Cynthia basic accessibilty checker: http://www.contentquality.com/

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    So basically I have to meet priority 1, should meet priority 2, and it would be nice to meet priority 3?

    My home page does by the way, and it does meet with section 508.

    All this is for my accessibility statement.

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    I think it does, because i ran a bobby check and all three priorities passed

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    You should aim for 508 compliance. If you are UK based and conform to 508 then you dont have to worry about the UK and EU politico's changing their minds every few minutes as they tend to do.

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    Ok cool,

    So does the WAI guidelines bind to the DDA?

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    No. The DDA is 'based upon' the WAI guidelines.

    The DDA is based upon the UK's politicians interpretations of the current laws ... when dealing with technology you should assume the politician knows less than your grandmother.

    There is a fuzzy law that says something like 'websites must be accessible' . No one really knows what that means in the UK. If you aim for 508 (its not perfect, but there is no better standard atm) you will surpass current UK and EU regulations regarding accessibility rules.

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    For our policy: http://www.w3.org/WAI/Policy/#UK the 508 is not a UK standard and Bobby is a moronic robot that will give you false results. Like was stipulated WAI-A is very desirable and should be reached.

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    So what site will tell me if my site meets Accessibility requirements. I want to meet priority 3.

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    You cannot usually meet Triple-A in "reality" it's a 'holy grail' type thing - theoretically you can but most sites that are labelled as such aren't - your best bet is to strive for double-AA and some of AAA.

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    Yeah but how do you know for sure which of these levels you have attained?

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    You read the Technical Recommendations and inwardly digest:

    http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/
    http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/
    http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-CORE-TECHS/
    http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/
    http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-CSS-TECHS/

    That will get you part of the way there is no actual body or 'validator' you have to make educated judgement calls and test using various methods and scenarios with real people that may have disabilities, etc.

    That's what I did with: http://www.xhtmlcoder.com/worthvalley/ if you want to be ultra strict at interpretation it could be considered a different level. Basically you have to learn that it's not all about checkpoints.

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    I guess there is only so much that we should trust from robots.

    Section 508 though has strict guidelines and you can measure your sites validity against it, but not so for UK guides.

    Cheers, its all good help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickToye
    I guess there is only so much that we should trust from robots.
    exactly...they're a tool, but an essentially dumb tool. you could put an alt="chicken" on all your images, and bobby-like checkers would likely give you a thumbs-up. by all means, use it an automated check as a starting point, but always back it up with human checks.

    e.g. Evaluating Web Sites for Accessibility with the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar
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