Many countries, including the United States, Australia,
Canada, Japan, and countries in the European Union, have adopted
accessibility standards based on those developed by the World Wide
Web Consortium (W3C). W3C publishes the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines, a document that prioritizes actions designers should
take to make web content accessible. For information about the Web
Accessibility Initiative, see the W3C website at www.w3.org/WAI.
In the United States, the law that governs accessibility is commonly
known as Section 508, which is an amendment to the U.S. Rehabilitation
Act. Section 508 prohibits federal agencies from buying, developing,
maintaining, or using electronic technology that is not accessible
to those with disabilities. In addition to mandating standards,
Section 508 allows government employees and the public to sue agencies
in federal court for noncompliance.
For additional information about Section 508, see the following