If you like looking at accessibility laws from a comparative perspective (I certainly do!) you may enjoy this WordCamp talk on Israel’s new a11y law. It begins in Hebrew but changes to English.
The law is controversial for a depressingly familiar reason: despite being enacted in 2013, it has been so poorly communicated that its deadline has been postponed for a year.
What I like about this talk how it impacted the audience. In this blog post, an attendee reacts – well, exactly the way I like my conference audiences to react. He see why the law is a good idea, and is all in favour of its obvious benefits, but quickly fathoms the liability it places onto him as a web developer.
His concluding question – “which do you see, the risk or the opportunity?” is not a question we always have the luxury of asking.
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Heather Burns is a digital law specialist in Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, publishes, consults, and speaks extensively on internet laws and policies which affect the crafts of web design and development. She has been designing and developing web sites since 1997 and has been a professional web site designer since 2007. She holds a postgraduate certification in internet law and policy from the University of Strathclyde. Learn about hiring Heather to write, speak, or consult.