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Legal Requirements for Web Accessibility

@@[adapt this info from start of policy reference links] The Web's emergence as a pivotal information technology raises interesting questions about application of existing law and policy to this new medium. There is a growing body of national laws and policies which address accessibility of information technologies.

While there are a number of potential ways to regulate accessibility of information technologies, these generally fall into three categories. Governments can establish that individuals with disabilities have a right to certain kinds of information; governments can require that products or services sold within a country must meet certain criteria for accessibility; or governments can require that information technologies and information services procured by entities such as government agencies must be accessible.

The first approach -- access to certain kinds of information by individuals with disabilities as a civil right, such as in Australia, Canada, and the United States -- is more common. However, sometimes we see combinations of these approaches, or, as in the United States, all three approaches in effect. Recently, as in Portugal, there has been legislation specifically focusing on Web accessibility.

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