Europe Commits To Accessibility Plan For 'E-Inclusion' By
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 19, 2006
RIGA, LATVIA--Last Wednesday, ministers of 34 European countries agreed to require companies that do business with governments to make their Internet websites accessible to users with disabilities by 2010.
The 25 current members of the European Commission and nine accession countries committed themselves to what is being called the "Internet For All" action plan.
The Ministers also suggested that the Commission address how seniors and people with disabilities can best take advantage of the information age.
According to a story in Gizmag, only 10 percent of the European Union's population over age 65 uses the Internet. At the same time, only about three percent of public websites fully comply with basic web accessibility standards.
"Europe targets at-risk groups for 'e-Inclusion'" (Federal Computer Week)
"EU ministers commit to an inclusive and barrier-free information society" (Gizmag)
"Public sector websites to be accessible by 2010" (Out-Law News)