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Legislation

Depending on the country you live in, there will be different legislative requirements you might need to consider when building your web site. The degree to which legislation affects you depends on the purpose of your web site, whether you intend to do business with the federal government, or whether you are designing and developing for a public sector agency.

Understanding the law and how it relates to your project is very important. The following is a brief overview of legislation in different domains, covering the USA first and then the UK. Many thanks to Jared Smith of WebAIM from where much of the following is drawn from.

Rehabilitation Act

In the United States, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first major legislative effort to secure an equal playing field for individuals with disabilities. This legislation provides a wide range of services for persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act has been amended twice since its inception, once in 1993 and again in 1998. Two sections within the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, have an impact on accessible web design: sections 504 and 508.


  

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