You might think that privacy and accessibility are universally respected concepts and values. They are not.
I spoke with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology about the European Accessibility Act, its progress through the EU legislative process as well as our own domestic scrutiny process, and what Brexit could mean for its transposition into UK law.
The draft European Accessibility Act would harmonise technical standards and accessibility requirements for hardware and physical systems across Europe.
Web sites and apps of public sector bodies within Europe must come into compliance with these accessibility requirements.
Over at the PowerMapper blog I’ve explored both sides of a great debate: should screen readers be detectable in analytics? It’s an issue that pits accessibility against privacy, with legal complications thrown in for fun. While the technical difficulties of the question make it a pub discussion rather than reality, it’s still a question worth exploring. I want to thank everyone who supplied quotes and insight on the issue. They made this a fascinating piece […]
Public sector web sites across Europe will be transformed in the years to come thanks to an improved, revamped, and rather superb EU web accessibility directive.