Friday, 8 June 2007

Launch of Euracert label at last

It looks like it's finally happened, everything is more or less ready for the launch of Euracert, the European Web accessibility quality mark. BrailleNet has sent out a press release. It's taken about four years, but I'm sure it will have been worth the wait. Although the Web site may seem quite modest, it's been a long road and a lot of work to get to where we are now. The other European organisations currently in Euracert are ONA of Belgium, us Technosite of Spain and the BrailleNet Association of France. Some organisations from other countries are waiting in the wings, but there's no timetable for them to officially join yet.

With Euracert, a Web site can be labelled by a partner organisation in one country and get recognition in the others. So a Web site labelled in Spain can get a label that's also recognised in France and Belgium. But first it has to get the local label. This should help businesses operating in multiple countries have a single label, and allow free movement of goods and services, and ultimately (we all hope) lead to more accessible Web content in Europe.

There's more information on the Euracert Label website. Technosite is the first of the partners to award a Euracert label, and the site is Spanish bank Bankinter, which will be the first of many.

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