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New standards for website access (08 Mar 2006)
Called PAS 78, the guidance is intended for any organisation that has a public-facing website.

PAS - or Publicly Available Specification - 78 describes itself as a guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites.

It is particularly aimed at the people responsible for commissioning and maintaining public-facing sites.

UK organisations with websites have been legally obliged to make them disabled-friendly since 1999.

By following the new guidelines, site owners are likely to be on the right side of the law.

The DRC also points out that businesses with accessible websites are in a much better position to tap into the estimated 80bn spent by people with disabilities every year.

"We need to ensure more websites can be used by disabled people," said DRC chairman, Bert Massie.

"This document will play a key part in making that happen."

Mr Massie says that businesses and the web industry need to ensure that the web is barrier free.

BSI director, Mike Low, described PAS 78 as a "win-win situation" for the industry and for end-users.
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