Jared Smith blogged that Section 508 is being updated. He's a member of the
Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee
(TEITAC). This group has been working
on the Section 508 updates. They're open to feedback on the published drafts
and aim to present their final recommended changes to the U.S. Access Board this January.
next face-to-face meeting about the updates started yesterday and runs through Friday.
The UK Cabinet Office is considering a revision to their web
accessibility standards that would
require all government sites to comply with Level Double-A
of the W3C
WCAG by December 2008. If not, the sites could lose their .gov.uk domain.
The UK Cabinet Office is accepting responses on this proposed change until November 13th.
Honestly, I don't see how this standard would be feasible given the low level of compliance for government sites with the
Level A WCAG
accessibility guidelines; (only
about 3% of all government sites in the European Union comply).