International accessibility roundup
At ALHAUS, we don’t just help our clients create great content, we make sure everyone can access it.
That is why we stay up-to-date on all the latest news and developments in website accessibility. Every month we do a roundup of the most interesting news articles from around the world to help our clients ensure they are creating inclusive content for all their potential customers.
Here are the highlights from this month in international accessibility news:
Location, location, location: New website accessibility decision may encourage forum shopping (Lexology)
On November 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire determined that websites are a place of public access and therefore, required to follow ADA standards. Websites that run online-only businesses will be required to provide accessibility to their customers. The court is one of many courts in the United States that have ruled compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA is standard.
Courts in the United States are currently discussing how websites should comply with the ADA. A series of court cases across the country has lead the Department of Justice to view online stores similarly to brick and mortar stores and therefore, they should be ADA compliant. There is still ongoing discussion on how to achieve public accommodation.
Juergen T. Steinmetz
VisitEngland and VIsitScotland have launched a website to help tourism businesses create accessibility guides. These guides not only help customers learn about accessibility, they will be presented in a format that makes it easier for individuals with differing abilities to access the information. These guides were produced in partnership with the UK and Scottish governments.
Amit Bagwe was born with vision impairment and now works with a company BarrierBreak in Mumbai to help companies modify their software to meet accessibility needs. BarrierBreak supports software development at the creation level to provide assistive technologies. The company has tapped into a huge market and created programs that help millions.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can make your website accessible to everyone, contact the experts at ALHAUS. We can work with you to ensure that the information and content you provide can be enjoyed by anyone who visits your website.