C OVERVIEW OF PAS 78 GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICE IN COMMISSIONING ACCESSIBLE WEBSITES

by Bruce Lawson

On March 8, 2006, the British Standards Institution (BSI) launched a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) as a guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites. The document was commissioned by the UK's Disability Rights Commission, which describes itself as "an independent body established in April 2000 by Act of Parliament to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people."

The BSI develops and owns the copyright for PAS 78. It costs £30 plus sales tax and is available in a variety of formats, including accessible PDF, from www.bsi-global.com/ICT/PAS78/.

The Background of PAS 78

In April 2004, the UK Government-funded ...

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