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(VMM sent on for UN Enable October newsletter:) WCAG 2.0 Approved as ISO/IEC 40500:2012 International Standard!

W3C and JTC1, a joint technical committee of ISO and IEC, announced formal approval of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as an ISO/IEC International Standard, ISO/IEC 40500:2012. The Department of Public Information (DPI) strives to comply with WCAG 2.0 and many United Nations organizations and specialized agencies also follow WCAG 2.0.

"This important accessibility standard, which is already widely deployed internationally, can now benefit from additional formal recognition from ISO/IEC national bodies," noted Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "Such recognition is expected to increase internationally harmonized uptake of WCAG 2.0 by governments, business, and the broader Web community."

ISO/IEC 40500 is exactly the same as the original WCAG 2.0 from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), which is freely available from: <>

Supporting resources that provide practical advice for meeting ISO/IEC 40500 / WCAG 2.0 are available from the WCAG Overview at: <>

The full press release is here: <>

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