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by 2010, through compliance with the relevant W3C common web accessibilitystandards and guidelines’.Further information and advice is available from COI Digital Policywebguidelines@coi.gsi.gov.uk
Minimum level of accessibility
1. The minimum level of accessibilityfor all Government websites is LevelDouble-A of theW3C guidelines.
Any new site approved by the CabinetSub-Committee on Public Engagement and the Delivery of Service(DA(PED)) must conform to these guidelines from the point of publication.2. Continuing standalone sites must achieve this level of accessibility byDecember 2008. Websites which fail to meet the mandated level ofconformance shall be subject to the withdrawal process for .gov.uk domainnames, as set out in Naming and Registering Websites (TG101).
Developing a business case
3. In addition to the legal drivers, there are social, financial and technicalincentives for accessibility, which provide tangible benefits for anorganisation. Depending on the nature of the organisation, factors relating toeach of these areas will be differently weighted. The key to making aneffective business case for inclusive design is to determine the mostappropriate breakdown of benefits.
4. Websites across local and central government must address the needs ofcitizens throughout the country. An accessible website can provide access toinformation on a far wider scale than previously possible.5. Online Social Responsibility (OSR) is a growing philosophy throughout theInternet. An organisation that demonstrates good OSR can help empowerpeople with disabilities, promote equal opportunities and break down barriersto information. Social incentives for inclusive design include:
People with disabilities have easier access to printed, audio or visualmaterial.