Tuesday, October 20, 2009

UK thoughts on adopting WCAG 2.0 for government websites

Jack Pickard has written an excellent post regarding How should the UK public sector adopt WCAG 2.0? which touches on many of the themes required for adoption in Australia.

If you were thinking about shifting your Australian government site to a WCAG 2.0 level of accessibility, this is welcome contribution to the discussion.

Sometimes I wonder if across government we have enough conversations on these types of topics - and my conversation I mean free and open exchanges of views and information in shared spaces, rather than formal responses to defined criteria (with no correspondence entered into).


  1. Good question about the number of consultations.

    Most of the time, the people required to advise the high-level committees (eg the Cross Jurisdictional Chief Information Officers' Committee and the Online & Communication Council) on matters like Accessibility and Usability Standards don't have much current operational experience. They should be talking to the workers.

    On the other hand, they often have to respond on very short deadlines, and that inhibits widepsread consultation.

  2. Yup, consultations are good, but there's always something to be said for a good old public debate on an issue (usually online, and over a number of weeks). It's getting people willing to take part that's the tricky bit!


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