As with all multilingual web presentations, key technology considerations include not only UTF-8 encoding, multilingual character sets and nested language attributes on markup elements but also leveraging polyglot markup and following W3C guidelines for internationalization:
UK government best practice on web accessibility is based on the international W3C guidelines. These are focused on the need to maintain the internet as a forum open to all, with no barriers to communication and interaction, regardless of physical or mental disabilities.
According to the UK Cabinet Office (2003), a good government web site should follow W3C guidelines, which at this time the minimum level of requirement is WCAG 1.0, Priority 1.
The UK Cabinet Office (2003) supports the W3C guidelines on providing accessible web sites, and issues specific guidelines for developing UK government sites to provide adequate service for people with disabilities.
Simon Robson, multimedia manager at 3es Multimedia UK, said: 'Whilst our free web site audit and report is currently proving very popular, our advice on the new W3C guidelines seems to be taking precedent when presenting companies with our findings.