State government to make website accessible for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, February 20 2013

INDIA: The Madhya Pradesh government has initiated a step to make government’s websites accessible for persons with disabilities. By the end of February, the website of the Department of Information Technology ( IT) will comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that will help persons with disabilities to use it.

Until now, all government websites, including the state government portal, department of public grievances and others are inaccessible to persons with disabilities.

The NIC (National Information Centre) issued the guidelines, called the Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) mandate. According to the GIGW, all government websites should conform to the international accessibility standards, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. The state government issued an order on January 7 directing all departments to comply with the WCAG.

Source: Hindustan Times

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