Historical Version of Policies Relating to Web Accessibility

This is an outdated document for histrorical purposes only. The current document is at http://www.w3.org/WAI/Policy/

Policies Relating to Web Accessibility

sections of this page: Abstract - Status - Contents - Introduction
countries on this page: AU - CA - DE - DK - EU - FI - FR - IE - IT - JA - NZ - PT - UK - US
related pages: AU States - US States


The policy links on this page are compiled as a resource by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG). This page is not a comprehensive or definitive resource for all applicable laws and policies regarding Web accessibility. The information contained on this page is not legal advice. If you have questions about the applicability of the referenced laws to specific situations, please consult legal authorities in the appropriate jurisdiction.


This page is under continual development. Should you be aware of additional legislation or policies beyond those listed here, corrections needed, or developments related to legislation listed here, please contact wai-eo-editors@w3.org.



The Web's emergence as a pivotal form of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) raises interesting questions about application of existing laws and policies to this new medium, and the importance of all members of society, including people with disabilities, being able to access this information medium.

There is a growing body of national laws and policies which address accessibility of ICT, including the Internet and the Web. There is also great variety of approaches among these laws and policies: some take the approach of establishing a human or civil right to ICT; others the approach that any ICT purchased by government must be accessible; others that any ICT sold in a given market must be accessible; and there are still other approaches.

The links on this page provide a starting point for locating information on government policies relating to Web accessibility in different countries around the world. Information linked from this page may include laws, regulations, policies, directives, government-related standards or guidelines, or implementation guidance which relates to Web accessibility, as well as government speeches, press releases, etc. Links are roughly grouped under the following categories: laws, responsible ministries, relevant documents, discussion, and additional information or comments. Since legal practices, and terminology regarding legal practices, vary from country to country, categorization of information on this page is approximate, not definitive.

Absence of links to policies in a given country does not indicate that that country does not have, or is not in the process of establishing, policies regarding Web accessibility. If you are aware of information which should be included on this page, please notify us as explained in the status section above.

A separate document, Developing Organizational Policies on Web Accessibility, addresses issues which frequently arise when establishing policies on Web accessibility. These include, for instance, simple and comprehensive sample policy statements; conformance levels for Web sites as well as Web related software; defining the scope, milestones, and monitoring processes for Web accessibility, and more.


AU States



European Union







New Zealand


United Kingdom

United States of America

in this section: 255 - 504 - 508 - ADA
related page: US States

Other Countries?

If you are aware of other national legislation or policies relating to Web Accessibility, please send any available URI's to <wai-eo-editors@w3.org>.


Last revised: 24 April 2003 by Shawn Henry

Editors: Shawn Henry, Alan Chuter, Judy Brewer
Contributors: Participants of the Education and Outreach Working Group

Comments welcome at <wai-eo-editors@w3.org>.

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