Following the passage of the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an increasing number of countries have been seeking solutions to address their treaty commitments for information technology accessibility for people with disabilities.
"The ISO/IEC imprimatur increases the avenues for adoption of W3C technology and guidelines," noted Judy Brewer, Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative at W3C. "In some countries, policies require that nationally adopted technical standards must be ISO/IEC. ISO/IEC JTC 1 process for Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) in October 2011. W3C has been an approved JTC 1 PAS Submitter since November 2010, and is one of nine organizations that are currently approved. IEC and ISO, while it remains a stable international W3C standard with extensive supporting resources. About the World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web...France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/
About the Web Accessibility Initiative
W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) works with organizations around the world to make the Web more accessible for people with disabilities and older users. WAI pursues accessibility of the Web by ensuring that Web technologies support accessibility; developing guidelines for Web content, browsers and media players, and authoring tools; developing resources to support improved evaluation tools; developing resources for education and outreach; and coordinating with research and development efforts that can affect future accessibility of the Web...European Commission's Information Society Technologies Programme, HP and IBM. For more information see http://www.w3.org/WAI/
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