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Dutch web site accessibility law

Posted by Dominic Cronin at Jan 12, 2007 09:30 PM |

Quirksmode noted that, since September, Dutch government websites have had to be accessible. Oh and then Ajaxian linked quirksmode with "Be Accessible, or Break the Law", and all of a sudden it's a hot topic.

I've worked on Dutch government web sites myself, back when this was an internal initiative called "Drempels weg" (Removing obstacles). After retro-fitting a text-only version of one important site, we were very glad that the next one we worked on had accessibility designed in from the beginning.

Here then is a shout-out to all the people I worked with on those sites, and to my numerous colleagues that are currently busy with other government sites.

Sometimes, it's nice to be able to see a bit of progress. I'm sure this is all very much appreciated by the people who need web sites to be accessible.