New draft of BS8878 on web accessibility published for consultation

The British Standards Institute has just released a new draft of the proposed new British Standard, BS 8878:2010: Web Accessibility – A Code of Practice.

The proposed standard will replace the existing Publicly Available Specification on commissioning accessible websites (PAS78: 2006 Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites), and will provide a code of practice for those designing websites. It is not intended as technical guidance, or to replace existing technical standards or guidelines (such as the W3C‘s WCAG, but rather provide guidance (or a “process map”) to those involved in the commissioning process.

This second draft follows a previous consultation in December 2008. The intention is that the new standard will be finalised in November this year. Going forward, it is likely that organisations looking to commission new websites and online services will increasingly refer to compliance with BS 8878.

You can take part in the consultation at by visting the BSI online consultation page.

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