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Here is this month’s roundup of informative news articles covering the latest developments in international accessibility:
Hospitality industry should welcome web accessibility: compliance can be challenging, but the gains can be significant (Metropolitan Corporate Counsel)
Gregory S Shatan
As the hospitality industry becomes more reliant on their digital presence to attract customers and handle bookings, they need to incorporate more accessibility features. Though there are still no legal parameters guiding online hospitality accessibility, reviewing websites and smartphone applications with accessibility in mind can ensure that they are compliant.
Web accessibility: why it matters and what governments can do about it (Industry Perspective) (Government Technology)
Millions of Americans with accessibility requirements rely on civil services. By not upgrading the accessibility of government websites, the United States government is effectively keeping these individuals from these important services. There currently aren’t any legal guidelines to guide website accessibility, however, if web developers write simple code and create more functionality, they can easily tailor government websites to be more accessible to all users.
On September 23, 2016, over 550 web experts from all over the globe met in Lisbon, Portugal to discuss the future of the web. One of the biggest topics discussed was the future of web accessibility and how to expand the internet foundation standards, WCAG, to meet accessibility needs. They also developed a plan to design and implement WCAG 2.1 in the coming year.
Two global leaders in website accessibility, Banksite and Audioeye, have made an agreement to help smaller banks and credit unions improve the accessibility of their websites to meet ADA compliance. This partnership will help smaller banks meet the accessibility needs of their clients, as well as position them to better compete with larger banking institutions that already offer accessibility features.
Steven E. Helland and Karla L. Reyerson
In America, the Department of Justice has been working on ADA compliance standards set to be released in 2018. However, until these standards are determined, there is a high risk of claims for violating the ADA. These claims have increased in recent years, so businesses should look to WCAG 2.0 AA standards to ensure they are meeting accessibility requirements to avoid legal claims against them.
If you are inspired by these developments and want to ensure your website content is accessible to all of your visitors, ALHAUS can help! We are experts on website accessibility and can help you implement some simple upgrades so everyone can read your great content!