The Section 508 refresh has landed

I genuinely cannot believe I am typing this: here is the final text of the Section 508 refresh (PDF, 127 pages, 1.14 mb).

The ruling was approved by the US Access Board and published on Monday 9 January, ending a digital drama that began when George W Bush and Tony Blair were in office.

Admittedly, due to other digital law issues, I have at this point only skimmed the text.

Even then, here is what piqued my interest:

  • Harmonisation with the EU EN 301 459 standard (pages 15-18)
  • Referenced standards: from page 65
  • Conformance to WCAG Level A and AA (page 103)
  • Privacy (page 115)
  • Interoperability with AT (page 120)

A good summary is available from the Access Board.

To all of those #a11y warriors who have toughed it out for ten years on this one, go grab a beer. You deserve it. (And you’re going to need it from page 3 onwards.)

Happy reading.

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