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
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.
With users becoming increasingly aware of the W3C guidelines
that govern internet accessibility for disabled people, provision for their needs is increasingly becoming an expectation.
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.
The W3C guidelines for accessible web design are, at present, quite technical in nature and lack examples.
It provides checks on the accessibility of web pages in accordance with the W3C guidelines and the requirements of ADA Section 508.
However, the W3C guidelines
do not expressly address content stability, documentation of change, or good database management.
The extension tool alerts developers to accessibility problems and their location in source code, referring them to relevant W3C guidelines
These templated designs can be altered to suit any company's theme or color style and the HTML code is clean and SEO friendly complying with the latest W3C guidelines
Recite is set up to allow companies to meet W3C guidelines
stating that steps should be taken to make websites universally accessible.