Conn. strengthens access for disabled
- By Daniel Keegan
- Sep 04, 2000
Connecticut has adopted stricter accessibility standards to ensure that
disabled citizens can access the state's Web page. The state aims to have
all its agencies in compliance by Jan. 1, 2002.
The Department of Information Technology will incorporate the World
Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 to
all pages associated with the state site, ConneCT. W3C was created in 1994
to develop common standards and protocols for the Web.
W3C's standards, recognized as the leading accessibility guidelines,
replace a patchwork set of standards instituted when Connecticut launched
its site in 1996, said Nuala Forde, the IT department's communications director.
She said the stricter standards were adopted because "it's the right thing
"If more and more states are going to use their Web site to serve and
interact with citizens, this is not going to be an option it has to be
done," she said.
The ConneCT Management Advisory Committee, which manages the state site,
adopted the standards at the end of last month. Under the initiative, agency
Webmasters will first be trained in how to apply the standards, Forde said.
The announcement comes as federal agencies are working to meet accessibility
guidelines under Section 508. Forde said the state was following the federal
government's lead in setting stricter standards.
More information about the implementation of the new initiative can
be found at www.cmac.state.ct.us/access.