Accessibility News: Web Accessibility in the Spotlight in India

With a little research, you’ll find that the subject of web accessibility is a growing buzzword in the United States and Great Britain, in particular. How is it being regarded or dealt with elsewhere?

Apparently, the topic of making websites more accessible to the disabled is gaining some exposure in India.

As reported in the Deccan Herald in “Accessible websites could become a reality“, a non-government entity in Bangalore, India called the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) recently reported that a whopping 99% of government websites in that country fail to meet the W3C guidelines on web accessibility.

Interestingly, according to visually-impaired lawyer Kanchan Pamnani, many India-based web developers adhere to web accessibility standards in work they do for their international partners, but not for sites they build domestically.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), feeling pressure because of the perception that India web developers aren’t taking the subject seriously, is making efforts now to tackle web accessibility. For starters, it is making its own web site accessible, then will urge its members to do the same.

It certainly seems as if web accessibility is gaining momentum all over the world. It will be interesting to follow NASSCOM‘s progress on this, particularly with growing pressure.

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